Manufacturing process simulation software uses animated, interactive models to replicate the operation of an existing or proposed production system. Simulation enables organizations to analyze manufacturing system efficiency and safely test process changes to improve throughput and profitability.
Using a drag and drop interface, you can quickly build a virtual representation of a manufacturing system, similar to drawing a flowchat. The simulation can then be used to highlight problems, experiment with process changes and run a range of ‘what-if’ scenarios. This allows you to find solutions that will deliver the best results for your business, without risk to current production output or capital investment.
Simulation is also more accurate and flexible than traditional manufacturing process modeling methods, like spreadsheets, as it incorporates the random events and variability that can impact day-to-day factory flow and throughput, such as equipment downtime or staff absence.
Facing increasingly complex production systems, as well as technological, economic and competitive challenges, over half the world’s top manufacturers rely on SIMUL8 simulation software to build stronger business cases and make confident, evidence-based decisions about their capabilities.
Learn more about how manufacturers use SIMUL8 simulation software below and get in touch with our team if you have any questions.
Simulation highlights manufacturing process problems, provides evidence to reach effective solutions faster and supports continuous improvement initiatives. Common manufacturing challenges that simulation can help solve include:
Evaluate the impact of investment in new machinery, technology or staff to find the implementation solutions that will provide optimum return for the lowest cost.
Whether you're setting up new production lines or improving existing lines, thoroughly assess plant layouts and manufacturing cell concepts to minimize bottlenecks and ensure consistent throughput.
Determine the best strategy for optimizing manufacturing equipment and staffing requirements, the balance of resource tasks, as well as shift patterns to effectively utilize resources.
Pinpoint where bottlenecks are occurring and identify whether implementing protections (such as buffers or overspeed) or new layout concepts will eliminate bottlenecks, or move them elsewhere in the system.
Assess production schedule changes and incorporate factors like delivery timings, processing times, different product types, varying demand, etc, to minimize the occurrence of delays and stock-outs.
Gain a better understanding of current material flow, test changes to delivery routes and pathways to better connect processes and assess how the system copes with volume changes.
Leading automotive manufacturer Chrysler improved throughput by 39 units per day and met increased customer demand using SIMUL8.
"SIMUL8 is fast and easy to learn. It’s quick to use which makes it an ideal tool for getting the results we need to make fast but thorough decisions."
FUJIFILM evaluated the ROI of large-scale process and equipment changes with SIMUL8 to meet an expected 400% rise in customer demand.
"SIMUL8 gave us the ability to evaluate a wide berth of process improvement options, all with large financial or engineering implications, without spending significant money or time to investigate."
Our simulation software combines ease of use with powerful features to help manufacturers to make rapid, profitable process improvement decisions.
Simulate any manufacturing process, no matter the size or complexity. Quickly build simulations with a drag and drop interface and utilize Visual Logic coding language to customize any aspect to your exact needs.
With the fastest simulation engine available, you and your stakeholders will get quick insight to make effective decisions. Extensive results can be customized and exported in a range of formats.
Drive simulations that reflect the real-life variability that can affect your processes using built-in statistical distributions or connect to your own data from Microsoft Excel, VB, and C++.
Over half of the world's top 100 manufacturing organizations already use SIMUL8 to improve their processes including Toyota, Samsung Electronics, Ford, The Coca-Cola Company, ArcelorMittal, GlaxoSmithKline and Airbus.
Simulation is complementary to many of the business and engineering process improvement techniques manufacturers use. Learn more about how simulation supports rapid, profitable decisions.
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