Capacity Planning Tools
Capacity planning is about sizing equipment and facilities to handle uncertain demand. A key challenge is to time expansion of capacity when confronted with uncertain forecasts for growth in demand: Too soon, and you waste capital on facilities that lie idle. Too late, and you may miss a profitable market or lose existing customers.
Analytica is an ideal tool for capacity planning. It lets you analyze uncertainties in demand and supply explicitly using Monte Carlo. Its Intelligent Arrays™ make it easy to model uncertain schedules for building new capacity and when new production will come on line. Its influence diagrams enable a degree of transparency that is unknown in spreadsheets.
Lumina has built capacity planning tools for several industries, including oil and gas production, data centers (ADCAPT), and R&D planning for biotech. Let us know if you would like to learn more about our existing applications -- or would like assistance building a capacity planning tool tailored for your own applications. We can train your analysts to build it, or our experienced analysts can build it to meet your needs.