Softeon, Reston, Va., released advanced simulation capabilities as part of its warehouse execution system (WES) solution.

For example, the redesigned WES provides strategic simulations, meaning that it generates insights and actionable data for longer to mid-term analysis and decision-making.

These strategic simulation capabilities can be used for several use cases, including the following:

  • Process validation. Whether or not the WMS is executing processes, from basic operations to vendor compliance, according to documented expectations. Simulation allows testing of those processes with a fraction of resources typically needed for such testing.
  • Performance testing. Is the WMS capable of meeting expected performance in terms of throughput and WMS response times?
  • What-if analysis. How will changes in WMS settings, materials handling systems or other processes play out in terms of throughput and productivity? Examples can include anything from turning on task interleaving to adding put walls or other sub-systems into the distribution center. This WES simulation considers the impact and performance of these changes, and analyzes and understands without physical deployment.

The WES also uses the same basic engine to perform more tactical simulation to gain insight on a given day or shift’s order pool against resource availability and constraints. This allows, for example, a company to understand early in the day where it may have bottlenecks or resource constraints vs. known or expected demand.