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Logistics and Material Flow Simulation

Improving system performance and utilizing the capabilities of discrete event simulation for production throughput analysis

If a manufacturer does not achieve maximum production efficiency from the manufacturing processes being utilized, they will find that neither the production nor sales of more products will lead to higher profit. Any manufacturing company’s bottom line will be quickly eroded if attempts are made to build products with inefficient manufacturing operations and capacity utilizations. Among the many factors that can be very difficult to manage and that affect the operational efficiency and throughput of manufacturing operations are decisions based on:

  • Determining the best configuration for new production systems,
  • Establishing optimal levels of work-in-process inventory,
  • Setting up suitable production schedules,
  • Establishing accurate production throughput-to-resource utilization ratios.

With the discrete event simulation and statistical analysis capabilities of Tecnomatix logistics and material flow simulation, users can optimize material handling, logistics, machine utilization, and labor requirements. They can also increase their manufacturing efficiencies and precision while improving throughput and overall system performance by using stochastic tools with 3D modeling and object-oriented capabilities. Plant Simulation

Manufacturers can model, simulate, analyze and enhance logistics systems and their processes using Tecnomatix Plant Simulation. These models support the analyses of material flow, resource use and logistics for all processes of manufacturing planning, from specific assembly lines and local plants to global production facilities and do so before actual production operations begin.


Tecnomatix FactoryFLOW is a graphics-based material handling system that allows manufactures to optimize factory layout by considering such variables as material flow distances, frequencies, and cost. This software assists in the visualization of the factory layout and in the analysis of routing information, storage needs, material handling equipment specification and part packaging (containerization) information based on the layout of that specific factory. This kind of key information allows manufacturers to create leaner and more efficient factory layouts.