The Simio Advantage

Lower total cost of ownership delivers faster results with less investment in time and money.

  • Faster modeling means lower project costs and faster realization of project benefits.
  • Initial software cost is lower than comparable products. Simio Design Edition is a full featured version including 3D. Simio Team Edition includes everything in Design Edition plus network server and unlimited free runtime distribution. Don’t be misled into thinking that more expensive products are somehow better. Simio is the best simulation software available at any price.
  • Easier to learn means lower training costs and shorter time to productivity. Simio Basic Training requires only about a day and is often accomplished using free training materials and videos available on our web site. Simio Basic + Advanced Training (including object development and advanced material handling) requires only three days.

Simio in Action

A montage of models created in hours using Simio Simulation Software.

Integrated 3D technology provides an immersive visual experience.

  • Simio is designed from the ground up using advanced 3D technology that is included at no extra charge. Beware of products that have older 2D technology - with 3D post-processors added as an afterthought and sold as an expensive add-on.
  • Concurrent 3D allows you to see immediate results of model changes and instantly switch between 2D and 3D views.
  • Simio is the first product to integrate Google 3D Warehouse for free access to over a million 3D symbols.

True object-oriented design makes Simio easy to extend.

  • Objects are easy to create even by novices. Patent-pending innovations allow objects to be defined graphically in processes without programming. We build new objects as part of our standard demo – ask the other guys to do the same.
  • Simio was designed as a full object oriented product. Objects can be extended, added, and easily shared between projects and users.
  • Simio add-on processes allow object behavior to be easily customized without actually changing the object. This eliminates the brick walls often encountered when a module or object is not designed to match the way your system works.
  • All Simio library objects can be expanded to their components. They may optionally be revised and used as the basis for new user objects. Many products consider their module definitions proprietary and do not share them with customers.
  • Intelligent objects can be aware of and interact with each other and easily make smart decisions. For example a resource may choose to remain idle because it is aware that a higher priority entity may soon need it.

Extend your model lifespan to reduce risk and improve operations.

  • Employ the facility design model to also plan/schedule critical resources and assess the associated risk and cost in daily operations. Simio not only helps you improve your business performance from a facility design perspective, but also helps you maximize business results by optimizing your daily use of critical resources and assess the risk/cost associated with your daily operational decisions.
  • Simio Enterprise extends traditional Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) to fully account for the variation in production systems, and allows upfront mitigation of risk and uncertainty. Simio's simulation-based approach featuring Risk-based Planning and Scheduling (RPS) makes dual use of the underlying simulation model to determine expected performance to targets like due dates, costs, and other critical metrics.

Modern user interface to simplify learning and using.

  • Many older products have tired interfaces that were designed in the 90's. Simio has a modern Microsoft-style ribbon interface for an improved user experience.
  • Simio provides extended tool tips that make learning and discovery easier with less reliance on referring to help or documentation.
  • Simio's 15 objects in the standard library offer comprehensive modeling capability.

Advanced architecture for the future.

  • Simio was designed and implemented by the same people who designed and implemented Arena, but able to take full advantage of an extra 20 years of experience, user feedback, and advances in technology.
  • Many older products are based on 1980’s technology and are at the end of their life cycle. They are difficult to enhance as reflected in the timeliness and feature sets of their new releases. Simio is implemented using the latest .NET technology which allows Simio programmers to be extremely productive, often producing more new features each month than in the typical 12-18 month release cycle for older products.
  • New .NET extensions and add-ons are routinely available providing limitless enhancement possibilities.
  • The modeling objects in Simio are defined using graphical process flows that can be viewed and changed by the user. For example, if you want to change the behavior of a vehicle or conveyor, you can simply change the object’s processes. Older products do not offer this capability.
  • Simio’s architecture even allows advanced users to extend the Simio product itself by adding user defined Steps, Elements, Rules and other components using any of over 50 .NET languages.

Agent Based Modeling (ABM) without the complexity of programming

  • Agent-based modeling is at the core of the Simio architecture. The simulated state of the system can evolve over time by the interaction of the objects in the model.
  • In most ABM tools, creating new objects or modifying an existing object is complex and requires advanced object-oriented programming skills in a language like Java or C++. Simio has a unique advantage based on its patented architecture that allows users to create or modify objects without programming using a process modeling approach.
  • Although the agent based approach is a great approach for modeling, sometimes having access to both the process and object paradigms in the same model is useful. Simio allows you to combine the agent based and traditional process modeling approach in the same model.

Academic support to meet the needs of education.

  • Universities: 100% grant provided to reduce Initial fee to $0. No renewal/maintenance fee. Free teaching materials.
  • Students: In contrast to other products, Simio makes available to students a full featured, unlimited model size version.

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