A Major Project Opportunity with Tough Requirements
Located in Dayton, Ohio, Production Design Services, Inc.; or PDSI, has been providing cost-effective solutions for complex manufacturing problems for more than 60 years. As a supplier and integrator of fixed and flexible turn-key automation solutions, PDSI has designed hundreds of cells for a wide variety of industries.
Last year, PDSI was approached by a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of home appliances to bid on a project. They wanted PDSI to design a new assembly line that was almost fully automated and capable of performing the pre-assembly, from individual components to cabinet assembly. The line also needed to easily accommodate the introduction of new appliances. In addition, the customer wanted a solution that could deliver reduced headcount, improved quality, and higher throughput. They set a hard requirement for a cycle time of 20 seconds or less.
Simulation Plays a Decisive Role
The bidding process was highly competitive — it was a big project and at least three other companies were invited to provide a proposal. Companies bidding on the project had to demonstrate their designs were technically feasible and could achieve the project requirements, especially the cycle time.
The customer was also a big proponent of production simulation. They used simulation internally for their own projects and had a simulation consultant on staff.
“They offered companies bidding on this project the support of their simulation consultant for a fee,” said Leland (Lee) Weed, an Applications Engineer with PDSI. “But we decided to perform the simulation work in-house.”
“We knew we could work better and faster with Visual Components.”