Review of FachPack: SimPlan as exhibitor
This year’s FachPack took place in Nuremberg from September 27-29, 2022 – the leading trade fair for packaging, technology and processes.
In addition to our simulation services, we presented our tool PacSi with its new functions, which met with great interest at the trade fair. The tool is specially designed for the highly specialized plants of the processing and packaging industry, which place high demands on speed, performance and process reliability.
These challenges require individual solutions by the mechanical engineer, who must develop new and customized solutions while making promises about the performance of his product.
Determination of key figures and optimization of interlinked plants with the help of material flow simulation.
Dynamic material flow simulation is a proven and recognized tool for determining key performance indicators and optimizing interlinked plants, such as those commonly used in the packaging industry. It can be used to determine the necessary machine capacities and buffer sizes in advance without any risk.
PacSi now includes the option of simulating energy and media consumption as a standard feature. This allows the expected energy and media consumption of a processing and packaging system to be simulated and examined quickly and reliably as a function of the actual operating behavior.
Furthermore, as successfully demonstrated at FachPack, PacSi can be operated with the help of an app (iOS, Android) or via a web front end. The aim of this development is to enable PacSi in the future as “Simulation as a Service” or “Simulation in the Cloud”. The model is created and parameterized quickly and easily in a front end. It is then sent in encrypted form to PacSi on a server for simulation. Once the simulation is complete, the simulation results are sent back to the front end.
Optimization of production plants already in the planning stage
Another highlight at the SimPlan booth at the recent FachPack was the presentation of our new SimPlan app SimQueue. With SimQueue, our customers can optimize their production plants in the planning phase, initially without the use of simulation. The distribution of buffer locations in early planning can be evaluated and optimized with SimQueue. This supports planners in the design of buffer capacity and helps to identify bottlenecks at an early stage.