Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 9 2016 - Page 6

Solution The Maschhoffs analyzed different supply-chain modeling packages in tandem with a group of graduate business students from Washington University at St. Louis. Other variables for the early models “Going forward, we can use the Arena included the costs of different software to manage flow and capacity facilities, known as yardage costs, as more efficiently, and give us the well as facility capacity and annual flexibility we need to adapt to changing feed costs. Feed costs were based on site needs,” Dugan said. projected demand according to the size and age of pigs, and the nearest The project team created a real-world feed mill. model by taking digital “snapshot” And because pigs from different and ages of pigs and their locations, sources can introduce new diseases, inputting the data into tables. By the project team also designed the repopulating the system with current “The Arena application provided total models to identify and track the data, The Maschhoffs can now run flexibility that allowed us to model movements of common groups from the model forward to see occupancy anything we needed,” Dugan said. “We one location to another. rates or various sites and flows – on As part of a special project with the company, the students evaluated dozens of solutions. Arena®software was their No. 1 recommendation. also felt we’d get a good return on our investment.” In the midst of the build-out, The Maschhoffs issued a new challenge of the operation’s existing number a weekly basis, instead of annually, as in the past. Arena’s flowchart modeling to the implementation team: They Now the operation can make timely methodology made it easy to build a moved the final implementation date business decisions based on a real- logistics process flow. Drag-and-drop up by several months. The new target world model that reflects all the elements and structures simplify date reflected the growing urgency variability in their system, clearly simulation building and visualization. around the reorganization initiative visualizing systemic effects of The software also features built- and the need for a modeled regional changes. in dynamic dashboards for model analysis. analysis. The Rockwell Automation team, who began immersing themselves in the daily operations of the business, spent weeks on-site at the Carlyle headquarters to understand The Maschhoffs’ operations and business parameters. To create the baseline models, the Rockwell Automation team sampled the flow of pigs through the system for several weeks, tracking them by Results The Rockwell Automation team met the accelerated deadline. The result? Regional modeling and analysis pointed to four management regions, balancing efficiencies in flow, transportation and feed costs with the utilization of contracted sites. “It was exactly what we needed,” said Dugan. “The data allowed us to make timely recommendations on our new The Maschhoffs’ leadership is confident in the decision-making behind their new regional structure. They also envision many opportunities to forecast future demands using Arena to drive better asset decisions. The results mentioned above are specific to The Maschhoffs’ use of Rockwell Automation products and services in conjunction with other products. Specific results may vary for other customers. regions.” Trademark Information: status of the sow farms where pigs After the first modeling phase was Arena and Rockwell Automation are are born, which affects the quantity of complete, the team made additional trademarks of Rockwell Automation, pigs released Ѽѡѕ()聱ٔф()%()Q䁅ͼЁѡѠ()ɕéͥձѥ́э)ͥ锁Ѽͥєͥ锁х)ѡЁݕ̰ȁᅵ)ݕɕeЁ͕ЁѼɵ́ݥѠɝ)ѕȁ͡(؁A@ܹլ()Ʌ͙ɵѡɅѕѥ)ѼݕəհɅѥͥ)ѽ)]I%QQ8 dIݕ)A!=Q=IA!d dIݕ((