Manufacturing Simulation Software


"...what gives a tool value is flexibility... Simio provides me greater value through flexibility with the addition of 3D animation." Dr. John T. Carson
Staff Operations Engineer
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Our manufacturing solutions encompass a broad set of industries including discrete part manufacturing, automotive, consumer packaged goods, and metals & plastics. Typical application areas are:

  • Design of green field production plants.
  • Process improvement using Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing.
  • Combining production facilities to adjust reduce costs.
  • Production planning /scheduling

Our modeling solutions provide answers to key questions such as:

  • What is the best layout for my production facility with respect to service, quality and cost?
  • What is the impact of implementing a new production process?
  • What is the impact of different product mixes and volumes?
  • What performance gains in terms of throughput and on-time delivery can I achieve with investments in new machines, AGV’s, etc.?

What is a good simulation application?

Systems where it is too expensive or risky to do live tests. Simulation provides an inexpensive, risk-free way to test changes ranging from a "simple" revision to an existing production line to emulation of a new control system or redesign of an entire supply chain.

Large or complex systems for which change is being considered. A "best guess" is usually a poor substitute for an objective analysis. Simulation can accurately predict their behavior under changed conditions and reduce the risk of making a poor decision.

Systems where predicting process variability is important. A spreadsheet analysis cannot capture the dynamic aspects of a system, aspects which can have a major impact on system performance. Simulation can help you understand how various components interact with each other and how they affect overall system performance.

Systems where you have incomplete data. Simulation cannot invent data where it does not exist, but simulation does well at determining sensitivity to unknowns. A high-level model can help you explore alternatives. A more detailed model can help you identify the most important missing data.

Systems where you need to communicate ideas. Development of a simulation helps participants better understand the system. Modern 3D animation and other tools promote communication and understanding across a wide audience.

Case Study: Nissan

Nissan Case Study

To aid in the production of its new NV200 Van, Nissan Europe Engineering relied on Simio's discrete-event simulation software to validate the layout of assembly lines in the automaker's Barcelona plant. Click here to find out how.

The Simio Approach

"Simio provides an "object-oriented" approach in which the system is described by "intelligent objects," which represent physical components such as forklifts, and conveyors."

C. Dennis Pegden, Founder and CEO, Simio, Now Bring Simulation In-house to Support Good Decision Making.