Aerospace and Defense Simulation and Scheduling Software

Aerospace and Defense

"I have been using Simio to optimize airport operations for six years and have been very happy with its ease of use, versatility, built-in features, and capability to customize processes. Technical support from Simio has always been good. People are pleased with the quality of the visual output and now that we can use the Occulus Rift to provide an immersive experience, there is even more to be pleased."

  • Pascal Poudenx
    Manager, Process Design & Sustainability
    Vantage Airport Group.

With Aerospace and Defense projects, Simio helps you prevent error to save time and money!

Aerospace and Defense Simulation and Scheduling Software

There’s no room for error when it comes to aerospace and defense manufacturing. However, one of the most difficult things to do is predict risk when you’re dealing with these kinds of complex contracts. Traditional planning methods are unable to account for real time, unavoidable variations. Simio Simulation and Scheduling Software allows you to see into the future by:

  • Documenting processes
  • Avoiding potential costly mistakes
  • Improving performance

All of these capabilities ultimately help you satisfy your clients and add dollars to your bottom line.


Simio’s rapid modelling framework quickly evaluates alternative processes! Our simulation software reduces risk and maximizes the impact of your decisions and processes.

But don’t take our word for it! Lockheed Martin was faced with the challenge of increasing their monthly production rate from three to 15 aircraft per month. In conjunction with JSF Production, a Discrete Event Simulation Mode using Simio Simulation Software simulated resources needed to support these changes in the production schedule.

Using Lockheed Martin production data and delivery dates, the Simulation-Based Decision Support System devised a Simio model to simulate feasible, efficient production resource plans. The invaluable tool provided graphics, which enabled analysts and decision makers to effectively generate and evaluate the new schedules for reduced production delays. It also facilitated risk mitigation, production optimization and scheduling improvements.


Simio is closing the gap between planning and scheduling!

With Simio risk-based planning and scheduling products, managers can easily predict outcomes, resulting in more valuable business decisions to drive revenue and reduce costs. Unlike other scheduling software, Simio helps to analyze risk in real time. So when the unexpected happens, your customers will know as quickly as possible when to expect their order.

An example of scheduling software in action was when Simio Enterprise Edition software with scheduling features helped meet defense production deadlines for BAE Systems. They were able to run simulations whenever system downtime, employee availability or other factors changed, resulting in real-time awareness of their production for quick adjustments and confident decision-making. Now it’s used for various challenges with scheduling and forecasting including:

  • Reducing overtime
  • Training and goal development
  • Proposal writing
  • Capital investment evaluation

To learn more about how a customized Simio software package can benefit your company, be sure to contact us. For over 30 years we have been an industry leader in simulation and scheduling.

What is a Quality Simulation and Scheduling Software?

Quality simulation software allows companies to test changes in a production line, supply chain or your general systems and processes, all without risk. When large-scale changes are being considered, quality simulation software can accurately predict the consequences of the change, so poor decisions are eliminated. Even the smallest variable will be identified with high-quality simulation software. Incomplete data is easily identified so companies know what needs to be fixed. With the 3D simulation animation, companies can easily communicate ideas to different sectors for better understanding of the bigger picture.

From the assembly line to lean manufacturing, you’ve witnessed how the implementation of innovative solutions has led to the advancement of the manufacturing industry. We believe the next great advancement in the manufacturing industry will be powered by the digital transformation of the factory floor. In this new age, digital transformative tools such as the Industrial Internet of Things, edge computing, and the digital twin have important roles to play. Simio offers you the tools required to harness the data from digital technologies to solve complex problems and optimize your manufacturing processes.

Have you implemented a data collection process within your factory and like 70% of stakeholders, you struggle with receiving insight from shop floor data? Simio simulation and scheduling software provide you with the tools to analyze captured data and receive business insights into the diverse scenarios, systems, processes, and operations that occur within your factory floor.

Optimize Production Plans with Simulation Modeling

Changes to any aspect of the interrelated processes that define every manufacturing cycle produce either a positive or negative effect on the manufacturing process. Evaluating and understanding the effects of both little and extensive changes such as stockouts or the addition of a new workstation is needed when developing optimized master production plans.

Simio simulation and scheduling software enable you to develop accurate 3D environments of your factory including production data. With a simulation model that integrates manufacturing variables such as available material inventory, machine production capacity, and machine utilization data the outcomes of changes to manufacturing processes will be known. The simulation model supports complex analytics such as analyzing resource usage against emerging demand and specific constraints which you can define. The application of Simio simulation modeling will help you answer questions like:

  • How will the addition of more manufacturing equipment affect throughput?
  • How scheduling machine utilization will affect the need for constant maintenance and repairs?
  • How integrating additional processes to the production line will affect productivity?
  • How the implementation of just-in-time or lean manufacturing strategies will affect productivity and resource management?

Implementing Data-driven Optimization Strategies

Conventional factory processes are still guided by the rule-of-thumb and in many cases, this leads to downtime caused by machine failure, stockouts, and inadequate scheduling. Eliminating downtime and the revenue loss it causes starts with letting shop floor data guide your production strategies. This is where Simio comes into action.

With Simio simulation and scheduling software, you can create optimized scheduling plans that ensure the production process runs without hitches using shop floor data. You can also evaluate advanced plans such as the effects of a new material handling system to operations before implementation.

Optimizing Your Industry 4.0 Strategies with Simio Digital Twin

The manufacturing industry is expected to be the greatest benefactor of Industry 4.0 business models and technologies. With Industry 4.0, capturing data from the deepest parts of your manufacturing floor and integrating 50-year old equipment into modern interconnected networks become possible. The interconnectivity Industry 4.0 enables is supported by the digital twin. Industrial automation evaluation.

The digital twin is a virtual representation of your factory floor which enables you to include concepts such as near real-time monitoring, remote monitoring, and interoperability in your Industry 4.0 strategies. With the ability to collect more data using edge computing accurate digital twin models can be created. The accuracy of your digital twin ensures you can optimize your predictive maintenance initiatives, improve production quality, and speed up the go-to-market process for your products.

Optimizing Facility Design and Capacity Planning with Simio

The success of your facility design or refurbishment plans hinges on understanding the interactions between the different assets and operators on the factory floor. An optimized facility is one that eliminates unnecessary shop floor traffic, manages space, improves operator productivity, and can support future expansions. Simulation modeling provides the features for evaluating different facility designs and how these designs will perform in different scenarios and under specified constraints.

Simio integrates the use of 3D visualization to provide you with accurate visuals of the performance of the facility design been evaluated. The interactive 3D environment shows important production metrics when evaluating facility designs and manufacturing capacity plans. The insight the interactive simulation 3D model provides is easily understood by both technical and non-technical individuals. This makes Simio a universal planning, presentation, and business analytical tool for the manufacturing industry.

Simio Aerospace and Defense Success

Here are some examples to prove Simio will work for you.

Select Aerospace and Defense Customers

  • AeroInfo Systems, a Boeing Company
  • Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  • Airbus (EADS)
  • BAE Systems Inc.
  • Defense Research and Development Canada
  • Department of Energy-KCP-Honeywell
  • ICON Aircraft
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • NASA Kennedy Space Center
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Roketsan
  • SAFRAN Turbomeca
  • Spirit AeroSystems
  • The Boeing Company
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Navy Medical