Simio Features

Simio

Facility design simulation & production scheduling

4.68/5 (102 reviews)

Simio Feature Summary

  • 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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Simio Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Simio's features:

Dominic Breuer

Great tool that is easy to use for many applications

2018-06-19

Pros

Users like the customizable entities and integration of downloadable 3D models to make the visualization very realistic.

Cons

Data import of large data sets with many different attributes is limited by the current interface.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Hospital & Health Care company, 5001-10000 employees)

Simio is versatile and intuitive!

2018-10-11

Pros

There's a feature for anything and everything!

Cons

Not a big fan of the way the statistics are being reported.

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Janik Gagne

Easy to use, very visual

2018-06-20

Ability to visually show to management how bad the queuing can be and the effect of adding resources.

Pros

Very easy to use even for someone that has no experience in modelization or operational research.

Cons

We can't write in a single CSV file the results of multiple replications. Need to use a VBA code to merge the CSV file of each replication

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
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Versatile and easy to learn simulation tool in market

2018-06-27

Able to simulate and assess "what-if" scenarios for complex airline operations for understanding investment benefits, operational bottlenecks, and potential benefits of process improvements.

Pros

Enterprise team version allows us to have multiple users with limited amount of license; Easy to integrate with Excel for data input and output

Cons

Marginally on the higher side of memory intensive application; does not have/limited option/APIs to use the simulation engine outside of the SIMIO application.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Pascal Poudenx

A Great Multi Purpose Simulation Package

2017-03-13

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 about SIMIO.

Pros

Ability to embed metrics in the simulation.

Cons

Management of interaction between entities during movement in free space to simulate for instance pedestrian movements on a sidewalk.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Simio

Take the initial training course customized to your particular type of simulation to get properly set up.

Source: Capterra
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Robert Corcoran

Simio for Manufacturing

2018-09-28

Overall, Simio is a fantastic software package that can we used to optimize current processes and model future state scenarios. I would recommend any manufacturing company to use this software.

Pros

I enjoyed the out of the box drag and drop functionality that allows for a new user to learn how to configure models quickly.

Cons

We used a third party to provide support and custom programming in our model.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Tanmay Patil

Simio review

2017-01-25

It is a good simulation software with easy to understand charts and reports. Its visuals are very good and easy to use.

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Source: Capterra
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Miguel Ortiz

Learning simio simulation

2017-03-14

My learn about simio simulation software, begin in the university in my class of plant design, is a software very versatile and is very easy the integration with other software like sketchup for 3D model's and visualization

Pros

Easy learning, integration and visualization with another software

Cons

Summary statics is very complex, will be more explicit

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Ebert Brea

I consider Simio is difficult to learn.

2018-06-23

Pros

I consider that Simio has an excellent set of feature for animations, statistical reports and scenery comparison tools.

Cons

Too much details for modelling discrete event dynamic systems, what difficult the modelling of systems.

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Source: Capterra
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Luís Pinto

Simio: the simplest, most complete way to run your systems simulation and analysis

2018-08-02

The software easily allowed me to manipulate the system in order to achieve my objectives, it is well designed and is customizable to great extent.

Pros

Easy of use and very intuitive when you get introduced with the basic.

Cons

Advanced functions might get hard to use if you don't have an experienced user helping you. Error messages could be more explicit and create a reference to where the configurational conflict lies.

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Michael Mullen

Great Software!

2015-09-14

SIMIO's optQuest feature is accurate, easy to use, and delivers detailed reports for optimized processes.

Rating breakdown

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Source: Capterra
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Elizabeth Thompson

Great software!

2018-09-28

It has helped with making recommendations on staffing models, equipment use, and the impact on turnaround times. The stakeholders appreciate the predictability component to be able to test different scenarios before trying it in real life.

Pros

It has extensive functionality that stakeholders can easily understand and see value in.

Cons

It does not have a good way to represent statistics by hour of day which is important to a hospital that runs 24/7.

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Adrian Morris

Simio provides a great simulation tool

2017-03-13

Despite this I have found it easy to create some quite complex scenarios and obtain some very useful data that I would not have otherwise been able to get.

Pros

Intuitive, good graphics, simple to use once you have understood some of the quirks regarding work centre programming.

Cons

The reports have too much information (pivot tables) and I have yet to work out how to isolate specific work centres at specific times.

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Simio

Get hold of an evaluation copy and use the on line tutorials. These are really great and informative. The support team are very friendly as well and also a mine of useful knowledge and experience.

Source: Capterra
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Luis Robledo

A great tool for Decisión Making

2017-03-13

As a profesor and a researcher, my students and I take advantage of its flexibility, easy of use, and performance.

Pros

easy of use

Cons

a bigger library and the possibility of integrating all simulaiton paradigms

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Simio

You should have a free student versión. just for 6 months.

Source: Capterra
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Satie Takeda Berger

Good

2019-09-09

Pros

The software has good functionality and is easy to apply and model.

Cons

The preview interface is not very dynamic and user friendly.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Stephen Roberts

Probably best in class simulation software

2018-06-19

Pros

Integrates well with data bases and can be readily extended for specific applications.

Cons

Sometimes its hard to keep up with the latest development, due to frequent updates and development. The development version cycle is about six weeks, so updates and new features come out frequently.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
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Nate YB

Just started using a few months, very good, especially on the visual.

2018-06-19

Great for shifting from 2D to 3D

Pros

General visual capability, real-time 3D development, ability to use Windows based functionality, ability to import external CAD drawings with ease

Cons

Slowing down and slight glitches with large visual models. More learning tools and Simbits would also be helpful.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Airlines/Aviation company, 10001+ employees)

Dalton's Simio Review

2018-10-09

Pros

I like having the ability to rapidly model quick systems, but also having the ability to add in any level of complexity.

Cons

i least like the inability to view logs over multiple simulations to track information like buffer queues over time.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Ana Rosa Tymoschuk

Recommended Simulator

2017-03-13

My team and me are teaching simulation with SIMIO because is friendly and very powerfull. Students understand software quickly an also, a posgraduate student made his Magister Thesis in quality engineering with a simulation as tool to predict behavior. He learned quickly and SIMIO was a useful tool to his work.

Pros

Is friendly and powerful

Cons

So it is necessary to export data to statistical software to analize results.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Suresh Khator

University of Houston

2017-03-13

I find Simio very powerful simulation language with lots of features. I taught ARENA and SIMAN prior to learning Simio three years ago. However, my students find it hard to learn how to model using Simio, especially advanced features (concept of Model vs Model Entity State Variables, tables and matrices). I have not mastered Scheduling part of Simio yet which I would like to teach in a Scheduling Theory course, one of these days.

Pros

Functionality and modeling flexibility.

Cons

Not easy to teach to my students, not easy to learn advanced features.

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Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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FC Truter

Fantastic simulation software

2018-11-02

We use this software to model some of our DC processes currently and will expand this over time to model more of our supply chain.

Pros

Endlessly customizable - you can pretty much model any process within your business and test variations quickly without investing in expensive prototyping processes.

Cons

Its plugin and extension functionality is still fairly basic and not as user friendly as it could be.

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Mauricio Sven Guzman

Best simulation software

2018-06-26

Pros

The "3D Warehouse" that connects automatically is free and very complete for improving your existing model.

Cons

I recently started to use Dashboards. However, there is not much info about how to use it and develop it.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
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Colin Adams

Simulating with the Analyst in Mind

2016-11-09

Add Google Warehouse and importing 3DSMax files and decent visuals can be shown.

Pros

Key Felds Data can be created like a database i.e. enter once use multiple times.

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Source: Capterra
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Joaquin Beltran Perez

Summarizing my Simio experience for $10

2017-03-08

Simio has resulted to be much more complex to use than I imagined at first. I feel it's a brilliant piece of software, but still unfinished. Fits better to academic than industrial users. Sales strategy can only be described as "counter-arena-wise".

Pros

Elegant interface and data structure, Siman brought to its best.

Cons

Lack of support for big models. Limitations in graphical display. Many expressions too deeply embedded. Too much clicks required. Lack of quick programming shorcuts.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Simio

No, just on the sales strategy.

Source: Capterra
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Omar Ashour

Great simulation software

2017-03-09

It is easy to use and customer support is always available to help.

Pros

Practical scheduling and planning feature.

Cons

Sometimes it is difficult to build a logic, especially with processes.

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Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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