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2017 MSUG Annual Conference

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The Michigan Simulation User Group is pleased to announce our 2017 Annual Conference will be held Tuesday October 17th at the Michigan State University Management Education Center in Troy, Michigan.  Doors open at 7:30 am and the day will run until 5:00 pm.  A great program is being planned so you will want to mark your calendars to attend.

Title Sponsor

We are delighted to welcome Simio as our title sponsor.

Vendor Sessions & Exibits

MSUG is pleased to announce the following vendors who will be joining us at the 2017 conference:

There is ONE vendor session and several exhibit spaces still remaining. 

If your company would be interested in hosting a vendor session or exhibiting please contact our vendor liaison, Andrew Gevaert,

General Speaker Sessions

We are delighted to welcome our general speakers.

Edward Williams of The University of Michigan and PMC Corp, presenting

“Simulation Analyzes Material Handling Requirements for a Major Automotive Supplier”

Joe Weiss, of Raymond Corp presenting,

 “Case Study: Order Fulfillment in an E-Commerce Warehouse”

Ian McGregor, of Emulate3D Ltd. presenting,

Title Pending

This year’s program is still being planned.  If you are interested in being a speaker at this year’s conference, please contact Mike Sarvo,

Presentation Info [Ed Williams]

Speaker Name and Title

EDWARD J. WILLIAMS, Sr. Simulation Analyst at PMC

Talk Title

Simulation Analyzes Material Handling Requirements for a Major Automotive Supplier


EDWARD J. WILLIAMS holds bachelors and master’s degrees in mathematics (Michigan State University, 1967; University of Wisconsin, 1968). From 1969 to 1971, he did statistical programming and analysis of biomedical data at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington, D.C. He joined Ford Motor Company in 1972, where he worked until retirement in December 2001 as a computer software analyst supporting statistical and simulation software. After retirement from Ford, he joined PMC, Dearborn, Michigan, as a senior simulation analyst. Also, since 1980, he has taught classes at the University of Michigan, including both undergraduate and graduate simulation classes using GPSS/H, SLAM II, SIMAN, ProModel, SIMUL8, Arena®, or Simio®. He is a member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers [IISE], the Society for Computer Simulation International [SCS], and the Michigan Simulation Users Group [MSUG]. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Industrial Engineering – Applications and Practice. During the last several years, he has given invited plenary addresses on simulation and statistics at conferences in Monterrey, México; İstanbul, Turkey; Genova, Italy; Rīga, Latvia; and Jyväskylä, Finland. He served as a co-editor of Proceedings of the International Workshop on Harbour, Maritime and Multimodal Logistics Modelling & Simulation 2003, a conference held in Rīga, Latvia. Likewise, he served the Summer Computer Simulation Conferences of 2004, 2005, and 2006 as Proceedings co-editor. He was the Simulation Applications track coordinator for the 2011 Winter Simulation Conference and the 2014 Institute of Industrial Engineers annual conference, and was a Manufacturing Track coordinator for the 2015 Winter Simulation Conference. His email addresses are or


Simulation now has a long record of improving operational efficiency and effectiveness in many areas –manufacturing, commercial transportation and logistics, health care, public-sector transport, service industries, and military operations. Historically, simulation’s earliest successes appeared in the manufacturing sector. These successes began with attention to value-added operations (e.g., at machines often entailing high capital investments) and rapidly spread to the non-value-added but very necessary material-handling requirements within factories.

In this presentation, we describe the simulation and consequent analysis of material-handling requirements for a major automotive supplier. Successful material handling operations must satisfy several compelling interests, including safety, timeliness, efficiency, and effective support of the actual manufacturing operations under conditions of tightly constrained financial investment and ongoing financial support. This successful simulation and analysis project helped the client enterprise accommodate needed production increases with reduced headcount and hence minimal or no cost increases, including those entailed by in new equipment and floor space.

Presentation Info [Ian McGregor]

Speaker Name and Title

Ian McGregor, Director, Emulate3D Ltd.

Talk Title

Talk title coming soon


Ian McGregor is a co-founder of Emulate3D and has been one of the three Director-owners since the company’s creation in 2005. Emulate3D develops a range of engineering software designed to assist with off-line virtual commissioning (Emulate3D Controls Testing), data-driven throughput simulation and analysis (Sim3D), and demonstration, prototyping and layout software, (Demo3D and Layout3D). In 2014 Emulate3D was awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category, for which Ian was presented to Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II. Prior to creating Emulate3D Ian worked extensively with various simulation products worldwide; living and working as an engineer in the US for four years, Japan for one year, Singapore for eighteen months, and France for ten years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical, Aeronautical, and Production Engineering, a Diplome d’Ingenieur in Applied Computing, a Master of Science degree in Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.


Abstract coming soon

Presentation Info [Joe Weiss]

Speaker Name and Title

Joe Weiss, Ph. D., Systems Engineer at Raymond Corp

Talk Title

Case Study: Order Fulfillment in an E-Commerce Warehouse


Joe Weiss is a research engineer at The Raymond Corporation in Greene, NY where he works on warehouse simulation and new product development.  He received a B.S. degree in Biological Engineering from Cornell university in 2006 and a Masters in Energy from Cornell in 2007.  He worked for Pall Corporation as the lead applications engineer for food and beverage systems in the Western Hemisphere.  In 2012 he graduated from Binghamton University with a Ph. D. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and went to work for Chobani Greek Yogurt as a senior engineer.  In 2013 he joined The Raymond Corporation in his present role.  At Raymond, Joe is the liaison for warehouse simulation research projects with Binghamton University where customer facilities are studied and simulated with the goal of process optimization.  Joe has simulated facilities of major national and multi-national corporations and has provided recommendations for process improvements.  He has presented his simulation work across the country as well as in Sweden and at the Toyota Industries Technology Expo in Takahama, Japan.


In the material handling industry, equipment manufacturers strive to differentiate their products in the marketplace with features to improve their customers’ operational efficiency.  Faster travel and lifting speeds, higher acceleration rates, extended operation between battery changes, and optimization features intuitively will improve productivity however it is a challenge to quantify the impact a feature will have in a customer’s actual facility.  Simulation plays a key role in linking new product features to improvements in performance customers can expect to realize.  This presentation goes into detail on a case study where an e-commerce facility is modeled to evaluate the impact a new feature will have on overall order picking rates.


The cost for registration is only $25 which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Registering to attend the conference is an easy two-step process:

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  2. Registration is complete when your payment is received.
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