Simulation is a problem‐solving technique that requires the creation of a mathematical model for a real‐life system. This allows experimentation on that model such that answers to ‘what if’ questions can be provided. The mathematical relationships and constraints that define the behaviour of a packaging line are relatively easy to derive but difficult to optimize. This results from the stochastic behaviour of most packaging lines and means that simulation becomes the preferred problem‐solving technique. This paper shows a specification of requirements that was prepared to develop software that overcomes the limitations found in currently available programs. It also shows the development of new software designed specifically for high‐speed packaging lines. This software has been created and used to simulate a wide variety of packaging lines. It was found capable of delivering efficiency gains of up to 15%.
- high speed
- packaging lines