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Overview of SimFlex Minimize    

There are basicly three different versions of SimFlex softwares provided by SimFlex (www.simflex.com).

SimFlex Consultant is the full, feature rich version of the software.  Consultant enables the user to simulate and analyze complex global supply networks, including simulating in-depth, in-bound and manufacturing supply chains.
 

SimFlex Strategist enables the user to simulate and solve complex, global supply chain problems from in-bound to end-customer.
 

SimFlex Analyst focuses on solving transportation and distribution network challenges of limited scope. Analyst enables the user to quickly evaluate alternative scenarios in a realistic and dynamic environment with simulation periods of up to one year.

Below is the description of features of each version.

SimFlex Features

SimFlex Consultant

SimFlex Strategist

SimFlex

Analyst

Multi-company supply chains

yes

yes

yes

Multi-dimensional analyses*

yes

yes

yes

User-defined and customized analyses*

yes

yes

yes

Segment-based delivery options*

yes

yes

yes

Multiple transport services and modes

yes

yes

yes

Sensitivity analysis to supply chain changes*

yes

yes

yes

Easy-to-use visual interfaces

yes

yes

yes

Fixed and variable cost components

yes

yes

yes

Activity-Based Cost calculations

yes

yes

yes

Various Inventory Control rules

yes

yes

yes

Capacity constraints

yes

yes

yes

Geography

full set

full set

Full set

Financial analysis

full set

full set

limited

Trends and seasonal demand fluctuations

yes

yes

no

Advanced manufacturing options*

yes

yes

no

MRP planning and forecasting

yes

yes

no

Simulation period

unlimited

unlimited

up to 1 year

Product structure levels (BOM)

unlimited

unlimited

2 levels

Number of products

unlimited

unlimited

30

Number of facilities

unlimited

unlimited

50

Multi-currency

yes

yes

no

Customs duties & delays

yes

no

no

Push control*

yes

yes

no

Customized activities and cost pools*

yes

no

no

Forced deliveries*

yes

yes

no

Alternative Delivery routes*

yes

yes

no

Multi-drop in the same trip

yes

no

no

Multiple suppliers for same components

yes

no

no

Distributed computing*

yes

no

no

Scenario Import Utility*

yes

no

no

PowerPoint Interface*

yes

yes

no

PC*MILER interface*

yes

yes

yes

XML Features*

yes

no

no

Hazards*

yes

Extra

Extra

Environmental Analyses*

yes

Extra

Extra


   
SimFlex University Alliance: A Proposed Partnership Minimize    


We propose a SimFlex University Alliance involving UTEP professors (Dr. Pan, Dr. Solis, and Dr. Rafael Gutierrez), Flextronics, and Production Modeling Corporation (PMC).  Under the proposed alliance, PMC will provide UTEP the software and the necessary training for the UTEP professors on the elements and operation of SimFlex.  Drs. Pan and Solis—using potentially relevant, actual applications of SimFlex by PMC and Flextronics, textbook examples and other inputs—will develop a set of SimFlex modeling and analysis cases to be used for teaching the application of SimFlex. We expect that the casebook can be largely completed by the end of 2004 summer break. The copyright will allow its use by UTEP professors, Flextronics, and PMC in teaching/training students and clients on the use of SimFlex.

In the future, the UTEP professors will also consider the possible preparation of a white paper and/or scholarly articles on the application of SimFlex in the analysis and optimization of supply chain design, with the collaboration of Flextronics and PMC SimFlex experts.  Such publications are viewed as being mutually beneficial to the members of the proposed SimFlex University Alliance.