SIMUL8 Features

A combination of powerful features, ease of use and the fastest simulation engine available makes SIMUL8 the top choice for both new users and experts.

We pride ourselves on collaborating with our users to develop practical features that transform the way they make and communicate decisions.

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Simple to learn and use

The faster you can build a simulation, the more experiments you can try. This allows you to quickly get the results and insight you need to make stronger, evidence-based decisions.

Every feature in SIMUL8 has been carefully designed to maximize ease of use and speed of build. For example, the Paddle allows you to rapidly create simulations by simply using the arrows around an object to quickly link to and create new objects.

SIMUL8 objects

Power to simulate any process

SIMUL8 features

Every simulation is created by dragging and dropping objects on screen. Adding detail to these objects creates a simulation that accurately represents your real-life process.

SIMUL8 is unique. We purposely have a limited number of objects to ensure it’s as simple as possible for you to learn and use. Each of these objects are still incredibly powerful and can do anything you need to. From strategic to operational, simple to complex, you can quickly and accurately simulate your process with SIMUL8.


Features for building simulations

Start Point

This is where work first appears in your simulation.

End Point

A place where work that is complete leaves your simulation.

Activities

A place where work takes place on Work Items, and can be anything from a machine to a reception desk.

Queue

A place where work to be done can wait until appropriate resources or Activities are available.

Resources

Resources could be a member of staff, or a piece of equipment that an Activity needs before it can start work.

Work Items

Individual work items flow through the objects in the simulation. For example products in a factory, patients in a hospital, invoices in an Accounts department. Work Items are intelligent entities so it's also possible to use SIMUL8 to conduct agent based simulation.

Groups

Grouping simulation objects allows you to quickly and easily control and duplicate areas of your simulation.


Conveyors

Objects that simulate real-life conveyors, making it easy to simulate a factory in just a few clicks.

Transport Objects

These include Paths, Path Networks, Loaders, Vehicles Classes and Vehicles and are designed to allow users to simulate material handling scenarios.

Components

Create your own simulation objects and add them to SIMUL8's standard objects to speed up simulation build time.

Tanks & Pipes

Tanks handle liquids or other materials that are best measured in volume rather than discrete units. Pipes handle the flow between Tanks.

Process

A special Activity combined with a conveyor to simulate long ovens (or similar equipment) that continuously batch or process large volumes of material. For example, a batch of ingredients being converted into millions of cookies.


You know how your process behaved in the past, now you want to forecast into the future. Using statistical distributions based on your past data not only allows you to do this, but SIMUL8 also calculates the "randomness" of real-life to ensure results are as accurate as possible.

Distributions included in SIMUL8 include:

  • Exponential
  • Fixed
  • Normal
  • Uniform
  • Average
  • Beta
  • Bernoulli
  • Binomial
  • Erlang
  • Gamma
  • Geometric
  • Log Normal
  • Negative Binomial
  • Pearson V
  • Pearson VI
  • Poisson
  • Rounded Uniform
  • Triangular
  • Weibull

SIMUL8 also allows you to create your own distributions. SIMUL8 Professional also includes Stat::Fit to help you identify what type of distribution your data fits in to.


Routing Arrows

Objects are connected by drawing routing arrows between them. Routing arrows show all the possible routes a work item could take. Rules can be attached to these arrows to control the way work flows.

Travel Time

For each routing link that work items travel, a travel time can be specified.

Routing In

This is a way of controlling how a Work Items are selected by an Activity, and how it accepts this work (e.g. in batches, when other work complete etc.)

Routing Out

This is how to control where Work Items are sent to from an Activity, Start Point or Conveyor.

Jobs Matrix

The jobs matrix controls complex routings and timings, for instance if an Activity will feed Work Items out to different destinations depending of the type of work.

Cycle Matrix

This feature makes it very easy to simulate situations where work is described as a series of operations on one or more machines.

The results you need to make confident decisions

Results provide the insight you need to understand your process, confidence to make strong decisions, and evidence to justify your recommendations to stakeholders.

SIMUL8 provides extensive results in a variety of formats, and provides total flexibility so there is no result that can't be accessed. We’ve focused the design of results so no ‘gold nuggets’ get lost in a mass of data.


Results features

Object and Group Results

You can collect and review measures of performance for all simulation objects. Results are so easy to view - even if you just hover your mouse over an object and the results are displayed. If objects are grouped, collective results can be displayed.

Financial Results

SIMUL8 can display an interactive Profit and Loss statement for each simulation and has options to set everything that is needed to calculate the bottom line profit.

Carbon Footprint Calculator

Ensure your processes are Green as well as optimized. You can track the carbon footprint of your process with SIMUL8. (Only available with SIMUL8 Professional)


Results Manager

A central location giving you access to all your results. It makes it simple to perform in-depth analysis of your simulations, and rapidly build customized reports.

Trials

A series of runs of your simulation that are performed with the all the same parameters in the simulation except for the random numbers. A trial provides information about how variable the weeks are and how accurate you can expect your results to be.

Scenario Manager and Comparison

Run a large number of Trials or Runs automatically with any number of configurations of any properties or variables and compare how one scenario performed against another using customizable spider diagrams and data tables.

Optimization

OptQuest for SIMUL8 enables the user to find the best answer to the "what-if" questions in their simulations. They can quickly determine what combination of variables results will achieve their objectives.


Exporting results

Any result collected in SIMUL8 can be exported directly into Excel or Minitab automatically, or write results out to a Microsoft Word or PowerPoint Template.

Graphs and Charts

Display results in a variety of ways using graphs and charts:

  • Time Graphs give a visual insight into the performance of part of a simulation
  • Business Graphs use SIMUL8's internal spreadsheets to create graphs of any results
  • Gantt Charts provide an attention grabbing view across your whole simulation run
  • Customizable Charts allow you to define your own chart and customize their display
  • On screen Charts allow you to display graphs as part of your simulation.
SIMUL8 results

Advanced customization when you need it

SIMUL8 Visual Logic

SIMUL8 Professional includes our powerful scripting language Visual Logic, designed specifically for simulation to maximize execution speed and ease of use.

Visual Logic ensures there is no process that can’t be simulated with SIMUL8. If we haven’t already created a checkbox feature you need, Visual Logic will allow you to describe exactly how you want your simulation to behave.

Intuitive editor for both new and power users

The Visual Logic editor is designed to free you from needing to remember syntax. The menus guide you though every step of creating Visual Logic.

For power users, you can choose to type the logic by hand and make use of the predictive text feature.

Connect to your data and technology stack

SIMUL8 is compatible with many data sources and business tools you may be already using.

You can import data and information from your real-life processes and test changes or scenarios to see the impact. SIMUL8 adds in real life-variability to make sure the results are as accurate as possible.

Spreadsheets

SIMUL8 has an internal spreadsheet editor similar to Excel to allow you to easily import and record data. You can also easily import and export directly to Microsoft Excel itself.

COM

Using the latest Windows standards SIMUL8 COM can be used to communicate with and control SIMUL8 from other applications, like Excel, VBA, VB, C++, Delphi and any other ActiveX /COM supporting software.

Other software links

SIMUL8 can be controlled using Command Script and import and export from:

  • XML
  • SQL Databases
  • Business Process Management and flowcharting software including Microsoft Visio files
SIMUL8 internal spreadsheets

Engage stakeholders with your simulations

SIMUL8 simulation software

Simulations are as much a communication tool as they are an analysis and decision-making tool. From animation to image importers, SIMUL8 incorporates many features to help leverage your simulation as a powerful engagement tool.


More details

To make your simulation look like your real-life process, SIMUL8 has a range of visualization options including the ability to:

  • Choose images from files on your computer
  • Create new images inside SIMUL8
  • Rotate, mirror and flip images on the simulation window
  • Draw on the simulation window
  • Insert Background images as a backdrop to your simulation
  • And more...

Results on screen

Quickly see what's happening in your simulation by displaying results that dynamically update while the simulation runs.

Visual Data

Any text or numeric variable can be displayed in the simulation window. This is great for displaying on screen results during a simulation run.

Data Graphics

Display information graphically by using mini charts and other icons that dynamically change - for instance, fuel gauges going up and down.

Data Grids

Display tables on screen with values that are updated as your simulation runs - a powerful method of displaying inputs and outputs in your simulation.

Data bars

Show the value of your variable on screen using a Data Bar - use them to create lots of compelling animated displays and even your own bar charts.


Add interactive elements to your simulations to easily alow your stakeholders experiment with changes to the simulation.

Custom dialogs

Custom dialogs allow SIMUL8 to be tailored to the specific needs of a business. Dialogs can appear as individually or as "Wizards" in a series to talk people through how to use your simulation.

Buttons and hyperlinks on screen

Any text or image placed on any SIMUL8 simulation window can be active, linking to any page on the internet, your intranet, text files, help documents, custom dialogs, or to any Visual Logic in your simulation.


When you are ready to share your simulation with stakeholders, SIMUL8 Studio enables you to run your simulations online, no downloads required.

By sharing simulations with your stakeholders, SIMUL8 Studio will help you to increase project buy-in and facilitate collaborative decision making.

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Get the most from SIMUL8 with training and support

Ensuring your success with simulation is important to us. To help you get the most from SIMUL8 we provide a range of training and support services.


Training 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 entire team trained onsite, our specialists will help you master SIMUL8 and get fast results.

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Dedicated support team and resources

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

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Stay up-to-date with the latest version of SIMUL8

Adding Annual Maintenance with your license will provide instant access to the latest feature-packed version of SIMUL8 without having to pay an upgrade fee (a saving of $1,095).

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Kristyna Lacinova

"Whether you need help to model processes, improve the efficiency of your simulation, or utilize SIMUL8's wide range of features, our support and training teams will enable you to quickly achieve your goals."

Kristyna Lacinova, Consultant, SIMUL8 Corporation

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