Simio Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Simio

Facility design simulation & production scheduling

4.68/5 (102 reviews)

Simio overview

What is Simio?

Simio is simulation software that provides a true object-based 3D modeling environment combined with scheduling functionality to help optimize the use of critical resources, and assess the risk associated with operational decisions. The platform allows users to construct their 3D model in a single step, and then instantly switch to a 3D view. All model-building products integrate seamlessly with Google Warehouse, allowing users to download from an extensive library of freely available 3D symbols to add realism to models.

Simio’s cloud-based Portal Edition enables users to access powerful simulation processors for running various simulation experiments and generating plans. Users are able to publish and share simulation and scheduling results online, as well as create custom designed reports and interactive dashboards to communicate plan results. The Simio Portal assigns a separate processor to each simulation replication across all scenarios, enabling users to run simulation experiments in a shorter time.

Major Simio features and applications include 3D modeling/animation, experimentation, analysis, and reporting features for defining scenarios, as well as material handling with on-demand/fixed route vehicles and accumulating/fixed conveyors. Scheduling features allow users to perform risk analysis in real time to help eliminate uncertainties and improve production safety from breakdowns, material shortages, or unplanned events.
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Pricing

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Markets

United States

Supported languages

English
Simio screenshot: Create models in 2D and view them in 3D by clicking on the 3D icon from the ribbonWhy Simio?Simio screenshot: Import a background image into Simio to model objects into scaleSimio screenshot: Import images and 3D symbols in a variety of formats, and from the Google 3D warehouse Simio screenshot: The auto-rotate function provides different views of the modelSimio screenshot: The camera function allows users to follow behind a moving entity Simio screenshot: Place status labels, pie charts, gages and buttons into a modelSimio screenshot: Create datasets to hold relational data across multiple tables and use it to drive modelsSimio screenshot: Probabilistic analysis estimates the underlying risk associated with the scheduleSimio screenshot: Simio SchedulingSimio screenshot: Simio Airport Simio screenshot: Simio HealthcareSimio screenshot: Simio Manufacturing

Simio user reviews

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Samridh Shrestha

Makes Simulation fun and easy

Used weekly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2019-04-05
Review Source: Capterra

Simio is an extremely powerful tool and it really makes one's life so much easier for simulations. Simio also does have a workbook that has lot of exercises that one can go through and learn a lot about the software. Once one has their head grasped around the concept, this software can save time, money, effort and provide accuracy.

Pros
I absolutely love using Simio. It is such a powerful tool and it makes sense why the premium paid version is so expensive. However the biggest pro I see is that there is a free version that can be used which can help one understand the world of simulation. Simio has everything one needs to perform the complicated simulation process that otherwise would require us to write 100s of lines of code and make debugging difficult and daunting. I have been using Simio to do various distribution simulations such as uniform, exponential, triangular and so on and I don;t have to think how to do random number generation. Simio has so much more tool such as I love the reliability function where i can define what are likelihood of a machine failing and how much it would affect my throughput and productivity due to the varying repair times. The best part of Simio is that you can see the live simulation of your system in real time. Create a simulation for a M/M/1 queuing system to replicate a ice-cream store and watch how your customers arrival and service times affects your business. Fun part of simio is one can actually assing model entities with actual people and replace boxes with actual images which makes the presentation part of your system more engaging with the team. if you are a simulation guy/girl/business this software has everything one needs to validate, verify the architecture and answer questions that is not possible to be solved analytically.

Cons
It is lot of work to learn this software and there are not much resources online readily available. Most resources are integrated to Simio and so looking at videos provided by Simio and reading the help section is the way to go. The free software however cannot simulate really huge simulation system and at that point one needs to purchase the paid version. getting around the software is daunting and there are lot of aspects one needs to know to figure out how to create their system.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

User friendly and great support

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-09-28
Review Source: Capterra

I learned on Arena in school but have been using Simio for 4-5 years now in a professional setting and it has been great.

Pros
Simio has been easy to learn and allows great flexibility and power for modeling different scenarios. Additionally, the company has been great to work with and the staff is very knowledgeable, friendly and accessible. You can tell they have a great company culture.

Cons
On bigger models it can run a little slow, but this is probably mainly a hardware issue or a lack of modeling efficiency on my end.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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khumbulani mpofu

Simio a world of possibilities

Used monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-03-10
Review Source: Capterra

the software provides a wide range of possibilities to simulate and test known and unknown systems for better preparedness in their implementation.

Pros
ease of use availability of student version and research version

Cons
none

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Ashley Richey

Excellent software for handling complex simulations.

Used occasionally for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-08-08
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Simio software consists of standardized library. In order to focus on the visuals and to forget the analysis, this software is really easy for creating simulation models. It is no doubt the superb choice for business. It is quite easy to learn while other simulation software are quite difficult to learn comparatively. Its functionalities are really awesome with less time consuming. No doubt best ever simulation software. Matchless software with fantastic 3D animations.

Cons
There are not any specific cons about this software. Simulation is mostly written in graphical programming language which is no doubt easy for small and quick designs but as we move further this software is failed to navigate while discussing large and complex simulations. Above discuss is the only con I can hardly think of.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Maciek Nowak

Taught simulation in an analytics class using Simio

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-06-23
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
The support tools available for Simio are incredible. There are tutorial videos for every level of user and it's very easy to pick up quickly. The software itself is fairly intuitive and you can have simulations created from scratch in a matter of minutes.

Cons
I don't really have any cons that I can think of, maybe navigating from one area of Simio to another can be confusing every now and then.

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Simio pricing

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Simio features

API
Customizable Reporting
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration

Accounting Integration (105 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (209 other apps)
Activity Tracking (109 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (140 other apps)
Billing & Invoicing (158 other apps)
Calendar Management (116 other apps)
Customer Database (112 other apps)
Data Import/Export (146 other apps)
Document Management (132 other apps)
Document Storage (100 other apps)
Electronic Payments (132 other apps)
Inventory Management (159 other apps)
Inventory Tracking (119 other apps)
Invoice Management (149 other apps)
Reminders (113 other apps)

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Additional information for Simio

Key features of Simio

  • 1D simulation
  • 3D simulation
  • Design analysis
  • Direct manipulation
  • In-place editing
  • Interactive result comparison
  • Dynamic modeling
  • Continuous modeling
  • Discrete event modeling
  • Agent-based modeling
  • Graphical modeling
  • Drag & drop
  • Object library
  • Integration with Google Warehouse
  • Production scheduling capabilities
  • Create and distribute custom modeling libraries
  • Complex process logic
  • Distribute scenarios & replications
  • Risk-based planning and scheduling (RPS)
  • Custom tailor reports, graphs, and tables
  • Simulation experiments & plan generation
  • Integration with Microsoft Azure
  • Tabu Search
  • Neural Networks
  • Scatter Search
  • Linear/Integer Programming
  • Generate and evaluate scenarios
  • Real-time risk analysis
  • Build simulation models
  • Capture detailed constraints & variations
  • Publish & share simulation and scheduling results
  • Custom designed reports
  • Interactive management dashboards
  • Custom dashboards
  • Facility design
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Benefits

Simio provides the flexibility to model complex problems and rapidly evaluate alternatives to help maximize the impact of investments.

The full-service solution helps improve processes and accuracy through the unified model for both facility design and planning and scheduling.

Simio helps solve scheduling dilemmas with risk-based scheduling and planning, to stay ahead of the game and improve production schedule performance.

The OptQuest add-on seamlessly integrates with Simio experiments and uses state-of-the-art algorithms to generate and evaluate scenarios.

Experiment results can be accessed using a standard web browser, as well as touch screen mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.