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Jon Santavy

Jon is the International Partner Manager for the Arena Simulation Business at Rockwell Automation
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The Problem is Process, Not People

Posted by Jon Santavy on Jun 1, 2017 9:44:00 PM

If your team is consistently underperforming, you’ve got a tough road ahead.  I hate to break it to you, but in our consulting practice we find that people can and want to perform well, and it’s most often the systems put in place that force underperformance. 

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Topics: Project Management, Healthcare

When Good Projects Go Bad

Posted by Jon Santavy on Jan 23, 2017 11:04:00 PM

So how does a good simulation project go bad? We will address some of the most common issues we have encountered in simulation projects across a wide range of industries.

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Three Tools for Optimal Production Planning

Posted by Jon Santavy on Dec 21, 2016 10:01:00 PM

Seasonal demand challenges have an effect on production planning throughout the year.  I live in Pittsburgh where we have hot summers and harsh, cold winters.  In May of this year, when the weather was turning warmer for summer, I became an avid runner.  I needed some new gear to support this hobby, and headed to my local athletic store where the shelves were stocked with expensive clothes guaranteed to ‘keep you cool’ on the hottest summer days.  Now, in December, the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder.  I’ve had to turn back to the athletic store where I found the shelves are stocked with expensive clothes guaranteed to ‘keep me warm.’ 

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PepsiAmericas Saves $150,000, Reduces Downtime, and Optimizes Efficiency with Arena

Posted by Jon Santavy on Apr 30, 2016 10:46:00 PM

The Challenge

Add an additional stretch wrapper to the system to prevent production bottlenecks that drive up labor costs.

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Simulation and the Future of Packaging

Posted by Jon Santavy on Apr 29, 2016 10:45:00 PM

The high-speed packaging industry is getting faster, and more flexible driven with innovative disruptor technologies.

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18 Realities Every Engineer Must Understand (or Struggle)

Posted by Jon Santavy on Mar 31, 2016 10:49:00 PM

As an industrial engineer our goal, every day, is to sell change.

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7 Steps to a Successful Discrete Event Simulation Project

Posted by Jon Santavy on Nov 15, 2015 9:56:00 PM

A proven roadmap for successful completion of a simulation project is to follow an established methodology.  This simple guide provides a basic framework that we recommend for ensuring success with simulation projects.

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