What is this about? We have created and developed methods for creating optimal discrete-event systems (or processes) which will always meet the economic and technological requirements. The fundamental goal is to perform the most work for the least cost at each workplace in the system.
Why have economic considerations been combined with technological requirements? A significant problem in many companies arises from the fact that the processes being used were conceived with less than optimum techniques, usually resulting in inefficient solutions. As a result, "Continuous Improvement" must be relied upon to reduce costs - a process that is wasteful of resources, people and money.
Why have I not heard about these techniques? The pioneering nature of our methods has required us to limit public exposure. Many of the concepts are explained in the McGraw-Hill book titled Production Systems Engineering: Cost and Performance Optimization.
How can non-technical managers determine whether these methods will work in their organization? The methods are believed to be widely applicable; at least one interested person in your organization should be assigned to explore the feasibility of application. We will be pleased to assist in the investigation (which should take only a few days).
Are there cases where the techniques are not applicable...might mine be one? Possibly, although no such case has yet been encountered. We are confident that these techniques can be applied to a wide variety of situations - the main idea is to find the most cost effective way of accomplishing a set of tasks no matter what your specialty.
How long have these methods been under development? Our initial work on designing systems that simultaneously satisfy economic and technological requirements began at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, MA in the late 1970s. Working with various manufacturers, we have developed and improved the methods to their present advanced status.
What is the current state of these techniques? While the fundamental tools are available immediately, tailoring them to fit your organization's requirements will be a cooperative effort. Our methods and software will readily and accurately determine very difficult to obtain insights into the behavior of systems (both single and combinations). Many of the procedures are still not publicly obtainable.
How long does it take to understand and implement these methods? Depending on complexity, some organizations implement them in a week or two, while others might take several months.
Is a risk-free, no-cost, no-obligation trial available? Usually, yes, but in some special circumstances a more complex arrangement will be worked out.
Do these methods alter my simulation results? It will not change the end results. Fundamentally different now is that the system being simulated is assured of being the most cost-effective as compared to current system simulations (which are typically the last step in an arduous, time-consuming "trial and error" process).
What is synthesis? Is Systems Synthesis combining chemicals? While not creating combinations of chemicals, we are blending what have been diverse ideas into a coherent whole. Another way to look at this concept is to think of synthesis as the inverse of analysis. Indeed, a proper synthesis method is preceded by rigorous analyses to assure that the conditions to be met are well defined.
What information is required for process design? First, a set of tasks is established. Second, resource-types (people, fixed automation, and/or programmable automation) which can accomplish at least some of the tasks are specified. This task and resource-type data is combined into a matrix. Third, the economic requirements (e.g. rate-of-return, capital recovery period, loaded labor rate) are defined. Fourth, the time requisites (e.g. work days per year, shifts available, yearly output) are specified. Fifth, the weighting factors used to calculate a RATING are defined. Sixth, run the program to find the most cost-effective system.
Copyrightę 1999-2016 Systems Synthesis, Inc. All Rights Reserved