Tecnomatix delivers efficient and optimal production planning for new model cars

WEST-RU Case Study Overview:

Advanced simulation tools enable WEST-RU, provider of engineering services and turnkey solutions to the automotive industry, to deliver efficient and optimal production planning for new car models.

The Opportunity:

In 2012, WEST-RU won an order from Ford Sollers to develop an optimal body-in-white (BIW) shop layout taking into account a vari­ety of equipment and positions. The cus­tomer wanted to align all shop floor process flows and provide the expected capacity while making three different Ford models, all while utilizing the available equipment from a previous production project. Ford Sollers is a joint venture of Ford Motors and the Russian company Sollers, which is located in Yelabuga (Tatarstan Republic).

The Execution:

The Ford Sollers project particularly uti­lized the Plant Simulation solution in the Siemens Tecnomatix portfolio (integrated digital manufacturing solutions covering produc­tion planning, from process development to verification, modeling, 3D simulation, and optimization). The Ford Sollers project began with the simulation of a buffer in the BIW shop and then was expanded to include the entire plant. Plant Simulation was used to develop a model and simulate the entire production pro­cess, including expected production out­put, ways to boost capacity, solutions to potential bottlenecks, and more.

The Results:

  • Using Plant Simulation, issues were quickly identified and resolved in both projects, with the production schedules, proposed layouts, launch, documents and other items shown to be viable.

  • All plant production cells verified virtually

  • The soft­ware’s wide range of analytical tools, sta­tistical models and diagrams helps users to quickly evaluate various production options, which can significantly reduce development time and project implemen­tation risks.

  • Personnel and equipment productivity targets realized.

Read the entire WEST-RU case study.  To learn even more about Tecnomatix Plant Simulation, please visit our website.

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