4 Supply Chain Entities: 1. Products –>  2. FACILITIES –>  3. Vehicles –>  4. Routes

FACILITIES are places where products are made, stored or consumed. A facility can be a factory, warehouse, store, harbor, airport, or any other place you want to define.

Create a new facility by clicking on “Facilities” in the menu on the right side of the screen (1) as shown below, and then click the “New” button (2).

1-3 Create Facility(click on screen image for bigger picture)

A dialog box (3) for facilities opens up. Enter facility name and address (address is optional). Select facility type from drop down list (4). Depending on type of facility you selected, default values will appear. Accept the default values or type over them with more accurate numbers. Click “Update” button when finished:

Name: Character String for name and address
Type: Sets facility icon (doesn’t dictate how facility operates, see “Adding Products to a Facility” section below)
Max Storage Capacity: storage space for on-hand products in cubic meters (m3)
Daily Rent Cost per m3: cost per cubic meter for storage space (can be 0)
Daily Operating Cost:  daily cost to run facility – labor, utilities, insurance, etc. (can be 0)
Daily Carbon Output: amount of carbon generated each day in kilograms (can be 0 – new field not shown in screenshot above)

Maximum Storage Capacity” is a characteristic you define for a facility and it directly relates to the amount of on-hand product inventory that can be stored at a facility. For instance, if there is a product, Product A, and it has a size of 1 cubic meter (m3) and a weight of 40 kilograms. And if you have 100 of Product A on-hand at a facility, it will require 100 m3 of storage space.

Daily Rent Cost per m3” is also a characteristic you define for a facility. This rent cost is multiplied by the maximum storage capacity to calculate daily rent cost for the whole facility. So a facility’s rent cost will increase or decrease as you increase or decrease the amount of storage space available at a facility.

Daily Operating Cost” for a facility is the fixed overhead related to running the facility. It includes costs such as labor cost, utility cost, insurance cost etc. It can also include standard cost allocations for costs such as property taxes, annual maintenance and related costs.

Click on the map to place this facility at a certain location (5); drag and drop to adjust location. You can initially place a facility in the general area where it belongs and later come back to adjust the location. You can zoom in on the map and/or switch to satellite picture view to find the exact location of a facility.

Adding Products to a Facility

A facility needs at least one product assigned to it before you can save it. Assigning items to a facility will allow for vehicles to deliver that product to or from that facility. Assign a product by clicking on “Product” in the facility dialog box (1). New dialog box for adding product opens up (2).

1-4 Add Products to Facility

Facilities contain products, and for each product they have demand, production, and on-hand quantities. On-hand is the quantity of a product the facility will start with when the simulation begins. Demand and production numbers are calculated daily for each product and on-hand amounts are adjusted accordingly. When assigning a product to a facility you need to set 3 values as shown in the add products dialog box (2). These three values determine how your facility will operate:

  1. Demand Per Day: The amount of product the facility will consume per day (may be 0).
  2. Production Per Day: The amount of product the facility will create per day (may be 0).
  3. Quantity On Hand: The amount of product the facility has on hand when the simulation starts.

Click “Add” button (3) to add the product to the facility. Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 as needed to assign more products to a facility. Click “Update” button (4) at bottom of facilities dialog box when finished.

NOTE: A warehouse does not need product demand assigned to it if demand is fully accounted for by the amounts of products vehicles take to make deliveries from the warehouse to other facilities.

The facility “type” is only to set the icon for the facility and doesn’t affect the handling of products. You can create hybrid facilities that combine characteristics of factories, stores, warehouses etc.

Change location or data of an existing facility by highlighting that facility in the list of facilities in the Facilities menu and then click the “Edit” button (next to the “New” button).

Remove a facility by highlighting that facility in the list of facilities in the Facilities menu and then click the “Remove” button (next to the “Edit” button).

Remove a product from a facility by clicking on the red “X” next to the product on the right side of the facility dialog box.

Always click the “Update” button in the facilities dialog box to save your changes.


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