College PARK, Pa. — Justin Rist and Robert Newton, Penn Point out doctoral learners in industrial engineering, won first put in the May possibly 2021 Pupil Simulation Opposition, hosted by Simio, a software program company that develops equipment for simulation, production preparing and scheduling improvements. 

Two times a yr, Simio hosts an intercontinental simulation contest complicated students to develop a simulation answer for a certain circumstance examine. Advised by Eunhye Tune, Harold and Inge Marcus Early Occupation Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering at Penn State, Rist and Newton competed versus 338 other teams from 44 educational facilities throughout 16 countries. 

“Simio is a simulation software package enterprise based mostly out of Pittsburgh and established by Penn State graduates,” Rist stated. “The computer software is applied throughout numerous industries to design real-world techniques and achieve insights into how these devices can be improved. For instance, a rapidly-foodstuff travel-thru could be replicated in the program, and tweaks to the procedure of the system could be tested to see how variations to the system would have an impact on customers served for every hour, consumer gratification, functioning value, and so on.”

Penn State industrial engineering doctoral pupils Justin Rist (left) and Robert Newton (proper) took property very first put in Simio’s intercontinental College student Simulation Opposition.

Image: Delivered by Robert Newton

The competing groups have 10 weeks to solve the prompted dilemma utilizing Simio’s program tools. The spring 2021 circumstance examine focused on an stock administration challenge in a shelving shop. Rist and Newton have been tasked with simulating the existing procedures of the shelving store, finding the weaknesses and the aspects producing the problem and recommending modifications to make the method a lot more economical. 

“Simio particularly required us to use Need Driven Materials Prerequisite Arranging, an adaptive inventory management program, as part of our solution,” Newton mentioned. “Making this suggestion, however, also demanded us to acquire the parameters to make the new administration program powerful. All of this was part of our team’s option.”

With the assistance of Tune, Rist and Newton precisely fit their design to match the shop’s given data, ran the simulation and optimized the shop’s processes utilizing instruments within just Simio’s computer software. Rist utilised his code creating techniques to be certain the simulation ran effortlessly and successfully. 

“Dr. Song’s mentoring and familiarity with the software led us down the path of working with the OptQuest Incorporate-On, which was a a great deal much more graceful method to optimizing the store than the brute power procedures we might have if not discovered ourselves employing,” Newton said.

The group developed a 10-moment video clip detailing and demonstrating the option. A panel of professional and educational judges reviewed and scored the remedy based mostly on a checklist of standards provided by Simio. The team also made an introduction video with a a lot more creative tone. 

“My favourite component of this competition had to be filming the intro video clip,” Rist mentioned. “I have to say that my engineering capabilities are improved than my performing competencies, but between Rob’s creativeness and my wife’s movie-modifying skills, they manufactured me search like I realized what I was executing. This is just one instance of the fantastic staff dynamic concerning Rob and me. We took the competitors pretty critically, but nevertheless had exciting together the way.”

For their very first position finish, Rist and Newton obtained a $2,500 money prize. Their profitable online video will also be highlighted on Simio’s website for potential exposure to businesses and industry leaders.

“There is something empowering about having what you learn in course, even if when class involves practical factors over and above the tutorial theory and placing it to use to fix a difficulty. It is an additional prospect to understand by performing,” Newton reported. “If you take place to get some thing, that validation from an exterior group that your perform was very good is really excellent.”

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Very last Current June 25, 2021