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Application Areas – SIMLOX

SIMLOX is used by clients around the world in different industries and for different systems – from helicopters, armored vehicles and stealth corvettes to subway trains, aircraft engines and wind turbines.

Simply put, SIMLOX allows the user to see how the performance of the technical systems is affected by different system design alternatives, different support solutions and different utilisation patterns. For instance, you can examine how availability, resource utilisation and system utilisation varies over time for a given solution and a certain scenario,. Bottlenecks and weaknesses can be identified and eliminated, and the support solution efficiency can be maximised.

Here is a description of some of the most common areas of application:

Conceptual design and requirements specification

SIMLOX is offers powerful decision support already in early phases, in the development and procurement stage, to translate operational needs into reliability and maintenance requirements. Even though such early analyses often have to make do with simplified, rough models of systems, maintenance solutions and operations, SIMLOX can provide clear decisions support regarding for example  preliminary system design, the appropriate number of systems, support concepts, and requirement levels for availability, service level, system failure rates and lead times.

Dimensioning logistic support solutions and their resources

Using SIMLOX, you can simulate and compare the efficiency of alternative logistic support organisations and resource allocations in order to select the best one. It is also the perfect aid in examining how much personnel, maintenance equipment, test equipment and other critical resources are needed, and how to allocate them.

During a simulation, the operations generate failure events, which in turn create a need for spare parts, maintenance personnel and other resources. For any given solution, you get a view of resource utilisation, shortages, waiting time, reasons for downtime etc., which makes it possible to find and correct possible bottlenecks and weak links in the supply chain.

Analysis of performance, capacity and endurance

In real life, it is often not enough to know that you will probably reach a particular average level of system availability. The needs are usually complex, different for different assignments, and will vary over time. Maybe some tasks require a certain combination of different systems. Sometimes a higher level of availability than usual may be required. Access to personnel, resources and transportation will vary over time, and sustainability may need to be evaluated if some parts of the organisation were to be isolated from other units. SIMLOX is the optimal tool for analysing and controlling such complicated scenarios as well.

Validating the OPUS10 result

Both input data and optimised results can easily be imported from OPUS10 to SIMLOX. In SIMLOX, you add time dependent variables such as operations profile, access to resources and transportation schedules. Then you can validate how well the optimal OPUS10 solution would be able to handle the dynamics of planned operation scenarios, peak loads and other factors that vary over time.

Consequence and sensitivity analysis

Usually there is more than one potential scenario to examine – multiple options to compare and changes and modifications to test – to see what happens when the number of systems is increased or the uptime is reduced. With SIMLOX you can simulate the consequences of different changes. You can also perform a sensitivity analysis to determine the robustness of the solution, for instance if lead times, failure rates or operations are incorrect, or change over time.