Simulation Software for Manufacturing


From assembly to supply chain, SIMUL8 simulation software is used to safely plan, test and implement manufacturing process changes to increase throughput, efficiency and profitability.


What is manufacturing simulation?


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.


What do manufacturers use simulation for?


Simulation helps pinpoint manufacturing process problems, provides evidence to reach effective solutions faster and supports continuous improvement initiatives. Common manufacturing challenges that simulation can help solve include:


Assess the impact of manufacturing investment

Evaluate the impact of investment in new machinery, technology or staff to find solutions that will provide optimum return for the lowest cost.

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Line balancing and designing effective facilities

Whether you need to set up new production lines or reconfigure existing lines, thoroughly assess plant layouts and cell concepts to deliver consistent throughput.

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Experiment with Lean manufacturing techniques

Compare different Lean implementation approaches, develop long-term improvement strategies, test KPIs, assess ROI and build project buy-in.

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Six Sigma process improvement

Identify where defects occur in a process and systematically improve output quality through testing continuous process improvement initiatives.

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Plan Industry 4.0 approaches

Plan and test Industry 4.0 implementation approaches in a risk-free environment to maximize return on investment in technologies like AGVs.

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Highlight and resolve bottlenecks

Pinpoint where bottlenecks are occurring and identify the impact of implementing protections (such as buffers or overspeed) or new layout concepts.

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Balance resource levels and utilization

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.

Optimize production sequencing and scheduling

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.

Improve material flow and inventory levels

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.

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Why do manufacturers use SIMUL8?


Our simulation software combines ease of use with powerful features to help manufacturers to make rapid, profitable process improvement decisions.


Powerful, but easy to use

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.

Fast, accurate results

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.

Import your data

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++.

Who uses SIMUL8?

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.


"I would recommend SIMUL8 because it is quick to learn and powerful to use.

It can save you from making costly assumptions, as well as reducing the risk of buying new equipment without knowing the outcome of that purchase."

Ben Van Straten, Industrial Engineer, Plexus Corp.

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Manufacturing simulation learning resources


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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