NISSAN valida con Avantsim & Simio el diseño de línea de producción para el NV200 en Barcelona.
Nissan Europe Engineering has been using SIMIO, the newest discrete- event simulation software developed by Dennis Pegden, to validate the layout of the assembly line in their Barcelona, Spain, plant, for the new NV200 van production.
Over the course of a project developed with Avantsim, the local partner of SIMIO, a number of models were completed in a multi-phase approach, aimed at obtaining rapid answers to specific issues related with the deployment of the new lines. Among them, several aspects were estimated as critical in terms of cost and time requirements: study of the numbers of hangers needed to meet the projected vehicles throughput, validation of the alternative product mixes, evaluation of the docking process of various converging lines(bodies, chassis) paced at different takt times, and others.
Simio’s easy of use and ability to address the consecutive challenges faced as the project was going on produced a favourable impact on the engineering team at Nissan Europe.
“We find that the use of objects to quickly build a working model of a plant layout very appropriate. Moreover, the possibility to add additional logic in the case of movement and synchronization of different lines through a set of instructions easy to implement expanded our capability to solve more complex problems,” said Nissan Europe Project Manager José Vilar.
The stunningly simple integration of 3D graphic objects allowed Nissan Europe to create a high quality representation of real elements as found in the floorshop, such as different models of vehicles, carriers, monorails, and others. This visualization helped communicate the project – and Simio’s abilities — to the Nissan management.
“We expect to continue the use of Simio to try to understand and resolve, through simulation, the potential problems of synchronization of the flow of vehicles on our other lines,” Vilar said. “Simio is seen as an effective complement to our other engineering tools.”
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is one of the world’s leading automakers with a diverse portfolio of cars, minivans, trucks and SUVs. Their plants are located in all continents.
SIMIO LLC is an American, Sewickley, PA –based independent software publisher.