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.

Why do manufacturers use simulation?

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:

Measure return, before investment

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.

Design effective assembly lines and facilities

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.

Optimize 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.

Highlight and resolve bottlenecks

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.

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.

What do you want to achieve with simulation?

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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.

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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.

Lean manufacturing and simulation

Experiment with lean techniques and build project buy-in.

Compare different solutions, develop long-term improvement strategies, road-test KPIs and assess ROI with simulation.

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Line balancing and simulation

Implement a well-balanced line that hits throughput consistently.

Identify system bottlenecks, optimum production schedules, and evaluate design and scheduling decisions.

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Six Sigma process improvement and simulation

Use simulation to identify where defects occur in a process.

Systematically improve output quality through continuous process improvement and achieve as close to zero defects as possible.

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Implement Industry 4.0 with simulation

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to implementing Industry 4.0.

Plan connected production processes, test implementation approaches, and maximize ROI with simulation.

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More manufacturing simulation resources

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