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The fastest way to turn process challenges into solutions

SIMUL8 offers a fast and visual way to experiment with business processes using intuitive simulation software for desktop and web.

Identify process issues, test your ideas and discover ways to step-change performance - all in less time than other simulation tools.

Why choose SIMUL8 to improve your processes?

Drive successful change with fast, affordable and feature-rich simulation software.


Actionable results, not just simulation models

Get fast, accurate results without the unnecessary complexity of 3D models that don't add value.

Simulate and solve any business challenge

Model any business process using powerful simulation technology and checkbox-ready features.

Build, run and analyze on desktop and the web

We're the only vendor to offer the flexibility to build, visualize and analyze simulations on desktop and the web.

Innovation that's driven by our users

With a development roadmap voted by the SIMUL8 community, every new feature adds real value.

Used by the world's most successful organizations

GM
Nokia
McDonalds
Bosch
NHS
Unilever

Technology to rapidly simulate any process

From operational to strategic, you can model all types of business challenges with SIMUL8's powerful suite of simulation capabilities.


Discrete event simulation

Simulate any existing or proposed business process as a sequence of steps, similar to drawing a flow chart.

Agent-based simulation

Simulate the behaviour of individual entities, like people or machines, to understand their impact on a process.

Continuous simulation

Simulate objects that have a continuous or smooth motion, like the flow of water or gas in tanks and pipes.

Hybrid simulation

SIMUL8 enables you to combine different techniques in one simulation to model a broader range of processes.

Designed for rapid process experimentation

We believe simulation should be about making rapid changes to find the most effective ways to improve any process.

SIMUL8’s drag-and-drop interface is designed to maximize ease of use and speed to model any process, no matter the size or complexity.

Intelligent simulation objects give you the power to quickly simulate and experiment with every aspect of the process.

You can even group parts of your simulation into reusable Components to drag-and-drop frequently used equipment, resources and process steps into any simulation.


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SIMUL8 in action

Watch an overview of SIMUL8's core simulation objects to see how quickly you can create a process flow.


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Fast, accurate results for confident decision-making

Understand how your process is performing and validate what changes will be most effective for your business.

Every object in SIMUL8 can automatically generate results, backed by intuitive features to help you analyze and focus on the KPIs that will inform your decisions. You can also export results in a range of formats to analyze or share using your own tools of choice.

  • Results Manager: A central location to perform in-depth analysis of your results and build customized reports.

  • Scenario Manager: Perform a large number simulation runs with different configurations to compare how one scenario performed against another using customizable spider diagrams and data tables.

  • Optimization: OptQuest for SIMUL8 enables you to quickly determine what combination of variables will enable you to achieve your objectives.

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Powerful data inputs and integrations

Easily integrate your simulations with a wide range of data sources for greater accuracy.

Utilizing data enables your simulation to match how your system performs in the real world and gives you to confidence to make bold process improvement decisions.

  • Distributions: Utilize 19 pre-built distributions or create your own to match your business’ arrivals or schedules.

  • Data integrations: Link simulations to simple data tools like Excel, text and CSV files, or sophisticated and dynamic database connections via SQL and ODBC.

  • Live data: Keep simulations in-sync with live data to create digital twins of your process or system.

  • Advanced control: Write to databases from your simulation or use APIs to directly connect to and control SIMUL8.

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Engaging, analytical visualization

SIMUL8 offers intelligent 2D visualization - not time-consuming 3D models that don’t always add value.

We want you to build simulations that provide answers in minutes, not months. Working with the simulation community for 25 years, we know that demonstrating the flow of a process with 2D analytical visualizations offers the fastest route to actionable insight.

That doesn’t mean visualization isn’t important! All simulations created with SIMUL8 are animated to help validate that they reflect the real-world process. For example, you can quickly see a queue building up in the simulation where it shouldn’t be.

Visualization and animated onscreen results show the dynamics of a process and how it changes over time. This offers a powerful communication tool, helping stakeholders to understand the process and insight you’ve uncovered.


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Deep customization with Visual Logic and APIs

Software that's easy to use, but doesn’t compromise on depth of customization.

We have developed intuitive dialog-driven features for almost every scenario you might want to simulate. In cases where you need even deeper customization, you can use Visual Logic, SIMUL8's powerful yet simple to use scripting tool.

You can use it to control any aspect of your simulation - from incorporating specific rules of your process, to even building your own custom tools or interfaces over SIMUL8.

We also provide APIs to enable you to control SIMUL8 from outside the application, allowing you to integrate simulation directly into your technology stack.


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"Our users are often surprised by Visual Logic. It's optimized for ease of use, but without any compromise on power.

From simple tasks like generating custom results, to complete control of the simulation engine – anything you want to do, you can do it without the need to learn a complex programming language.”

Liam Hastie, Consultant

Liam Hastie

Build, run and analyze simulations on desktop and the web

We're the only industry vendor to offer the flexibility to build simulations on both web and desktop.

More and more businesses are embracing the powerful flexibility of online-based productivity tools.

SIMUL8 is the only industry vendor to offer the ability to build simulations using the same interface, extensive feature set and fast results on both web and desktop.

Your simulations and data are stored securely, powered by data centers and network architecture that are built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations.


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Dedicated to your success with simulation

We’re more than just software, we provide dedicated support and expertise to help our users get the most from SIMUL8.


Friendly support and helpful resources

The Support Portal is your central resource for everything you need to know about SIMUL8. Have a question that’s not covered by our online resources? Our friendly support team are always happy to help.

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Training options to quickly get up to speed

Whether you attend a public training class, learn at your own pace in one-to-one coaching sessions, or have your team trained onsite, our specialists will help you to achieve fast results.

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Regular updates to get more from your software

Adding Annual Maintenance to your software provides access to our latest feature-packed version, the ability to build your simulations on the web with SIMUL8 Online, as well as priority support.

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What do SIMUL8 users say?


"A reliable product and has been cost-effective to deploy. They are hands-down the easiest company to work with in this space."

Henry Yennie, Louisiana Department of Health

"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."

Steve Lin, Chrysler

"It's saved us from making costly assumptions about buying new equipment without knowing the outcome of that purchase."

Ben Van Straten, Plexus Corp.


There's a SIMUL8 solution to fit your organization's needs


SIMUL8 Basic

Our entry-level software includes the essential features to start getting results with simulation.

$1995

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77% of users choose Professional

SIMUL8 Professional

Make faster, informed business process decisions with our most popular and feature-rich simulation software.

$4995

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SIMUL8 Team

Empower your team with a three user license of SIMUL8 Professional and customized training included as standard.

$19995

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