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AnyLogic for Supply Chain Management Textbook, FREE 26.02.2016 Rene Reiter

Seeking educational opportunities to enhance your work with AnyLogic? Pleased to announce an extremely valuable textbook, recently released. Operations and Supply Chain Management with AnyLogic 7.2 by Dr. Dmitry Ivanov, Professor of Supply Chain Management at the Berlin School of Economics and Law is available now in digital format for FREE. Dr. Ivanov has authored and contributed to dozens of current textbooks and is known for his expertise in logistics and supply chain optimization, supply chain design and risk management, supply chain scheduling, mathematical optimization and control theory, production management, and ERP and APS systems. The focus of the textbook is to introduce MBA and M.Sc. Students into the basic principles of using simulation for decision-making, however, is also ideal for all AnyLogic users and self-teachers.

Simulating Rail Network Operation Challenges with and without the Rail Library 21.05.2015 Rene Reiter

While the extensive rail library was a key reason that CSX chose AnyLogic as its general purpose simulation tool for the Network Modeling, Operations Research, and Process Excellence groups, the other libraries and methods have added significant value as well. In fact, the first major project where AnyLogic was used did not utilize the rail library. After reviewing the problem in more detail, a discrete-event simulation model was built to help managers studying train throughput. The model simulated the demand of empty trains from five coal mines, as well as the fulfillment of the demand. A supply-chain-like network model was created, which implemented logic to depict the demand, supply and staging of empty trains. The trains were modeled as moving entities across the network. By varying values of relevant parameters, users can infer the impacts of different factors to the train throughput (i.e. siding staging capacity and loading speeds at the coal mines). The model provides a way for decision makers to gain insight into the system to help identify the maximum possible throughput. The objective was to identify the best operational/capital strategy to handle the increased business. [...]

GE Manufacturing Plant Uses AnyLogic for Real Time Decision Support 03.04.2015 Rene Reiter

“This is how GE does ‘startups’ – putting our researchers, manufacturing talent and commercial teams to work to create technology that serves customer needs around the world,” Immelt (CEO) said. “GE Energy Storage was born in New York’s Capital Region from an idea that we turned into an advanced manufacturing plant and a global business that we expect will generate more than $1 billion in revenue annually in just a few years.” (, 2012) In 2012, GE opened a new battery manufacturing plant in conjunction with the launch of an innovative energy storage business. The new Durathon battery products, which are half the size of conventional lead acid batteries, but last ten times longer, are the result of GE’s $100 million initial investment in battery technology developed at GE’s Global Research Center (, 2014). Expanding the facility doubled production, added 100 new jobs, and brought the total factory workforce to 450 when at full capacity (, 2014).