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Simio

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Facility design simulation & production scheduling

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Simio Features

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Functionality

4.6

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103

Total features

27

2 categories

Simio features

3D Imaging
API
Agent-Based Modeling
Automated Scheduling
Capacity Planning
Change Management
Content Library
Continuous Modeling

Common features of Production Scheduling software

API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Approval Process Control
Automated Scheduling
Billing & Invoicing
Bills of Material
Capacity Planning

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Free

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Functionality

4.6

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103

Price starts from

Free

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Total Features

27

Unique features

  • Direct Manipulation

  • Discrete Event Modeling

  • Material Requirements Planning

  • Graphical Data Presentation

Functionality

4.7

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6.9K

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52.99

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Total Features

42

Features in Common

4

Unique features

  • Search/Filter

  • Image Library

  • Real Time Editing

  • Collaboration Tools

Functionality

4.6

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2.7K

Price starts from

235

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Total Features

54

Features in Common

8

Unique features

  • Mechanical

  • Reusable Designs

  • Floor Plans & Maps

  • Manufacturing Design Data

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Maciek N.

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Higher Education, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used other for 2+ years

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Taught simulation in an analytics class using Simio

Reviewed 4 years ago
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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Luís P.

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Facilities Services, 10,001+ employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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

Reviewed 4 years ago

I used SIMIO as part os my Masters course in Industrial Engineering in order to develop a fictional environment and search for better configurations, on an iteractive process. 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. It allows for easy creation, editing and analysis of complex systems simulation.

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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Colin A.

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Simulating with the Analyst in Mind

Reviewed 6 years ago

It is very easy when building simulation models to focus on the visuals and forget the analysis. After all, we need to convince the stakeholders that the solution we propose will deliver what it says on the tin and what better way than to mesmerise them with animation. Actually, there is another way, demonstrate that all scenarios have been considered and with an inflated chest lay down the challenge,...

Pros

Standard Library - Object Orientated approach to modelling means models can become objects in other models. Copy and Paste - Processes data, functions etc can be copied between models. Key Felds Data can be created like a database i.e. enter once use multiple times. External Data - Supports links with external data files such as CSV or excel. Easy Scenario Creation - Experiment function allows easy creation of multiple experiments and comparison of results.

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Simio Software and Risk-based Planning and Scheduling (RSP)

Reviewed 7 years ago

Deciding which type of simulation software for a business to purchase can be an extremely difficult decision. Being faced with this decision we began to investigate and compare simulation software packages available on the market. After comparison, Simio was the clear choice for our business. Although most simulation software packages are extremely difficult and confusing to learn, Simio's many resources...

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Jeff J.

Primary/Secondary Education, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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SIMIO is Amazing

Reviewed 6 years ago

SIMIO is an amazing simulation software program. The ability to model moving resources, tasks precedence and data modeling set it apart from many other languages.

Pros

The ability to use data modeling to add intelligence to the entities is amazing. The task precedence ability is another feature where SIMIO stands apart. Finally the ability to model dynamic moving resources is another great feature.

Cons

The feature creep of these objects has grown to out of control. The bloating of the objects has made it difficult to teach and modify them. So many properties and features. Their conveyor modeling is a little primitive. The ability to not set the controls in an experiment from a excel table with the all the optimization parameters for each control is a pain.

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Joaquin B.

Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Summarizing my Simio experience for $10

Reviewed 6 years ago

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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Pascal P.

Investment Management, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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A Great Multi Purpose Simulation Package

Reviewed 6 years ago

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. They sometimes seem to get stuck against each other instead of walking around each others.

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Stephen R.

Used weekly for 2+ years

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Probably best in class simulation software

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Relatively easy to learn and to use. Has great flexibility for almost any simulation application. 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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Mike G.

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Solid software for standard simulation purposes with some nice features

Reviewed 6 years ago

Simio offers all standard and basic functionality for the most simulation purposes. It has nice featrues when loading data from foreign systems into the internal table structure. Sometimes, it would be good to have something like a script language to provide user specific actions in a simple way rather than using the graphical process view, which gets sometimes very complicated.

Pros

Nice internal table structure and connection to the model entities Fast start and use in standard simulation problems

Cons

Graphical "programming" of user code sometimes get very complicated, a scripüt language support would be very helpful

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Janik G.

Airlines/Aviation, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Easy to use, very visual

Reviewed 4 years ago

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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Robert C.

Chemicals, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Simio for Manufacturing

Reviewed 4 years ago

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. I also like the ability to create logic using the same drag and drop functionality to model some of the more unique processes that happen in a production environment.

Cons

We used a third party to provide support and custom programming in our model. Once we had a complex model, it became very difficult to make changes without requiring the third party's involvement.

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Adrian M.

Education Management, 501-1,000 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Simio provides a great simulation tool

Reviewed 6 years ago

I came to Simio whilst looking to re-engage with simulation. As a previous user of other simulation software packages I have found Simio very easy to work with although there is a bit more "programming" and other nuances to master when compared to some other packages. 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. The support team are great and very friendly and over all I find the package excellent. I would certainly recommend this to others.

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. Thus it is difficult to pin down where WIP is gathering sometimes. This is probably due to my relative inexperience with the software.

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Chad W.

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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This is the best simulation software I have ever worked with as an operations research analyst

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

I love the flexibility of the software the most. Out of the box the software can do almost anything you need either standard library objects. But for those rare instances where a standard object just isn't quite what you need the software allows you to customize an existing object or build your. It's awesome!

Cons

Honestly the only thing I can think of that might be considered a con is that when you start to import custom graphics objects the file size can get pretty large and the model starts to slow down.

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Uriel R.

E-Learning, self-employed

Used other for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Best and fast software for simulating. All of my students in "simulation" class are very happy.

Reviewed 4 years ago

It is more easy to understand simulation process with this software

Pros

With some skills it is possible to simulate almost everything. My students apply all the acquired knowledge in their jobs.

Cons

No cons, all the software is so easy to use and understand. Probably Simio need a link to share data with Matlab, Labview or Origin.

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Anonymous Reviewer

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Airlines/Aviation,

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Versatile and easy to learn simulation tool in market

Reviewed 4 years ago

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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Surapong S.

Education Management, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great Simulation Package

Reviewed 6 years ago

I have used Simio for almost 2 months. It is by far the easiest simulation package that can do 2D and 3D animation. Simio is also very easy to simulate a queuing system and easy to export the result in csv format. One noticeable drawback is the default value that Simio record was not consistent with the meaning of analytical model. For example, when I define maximum system capacity, the recorded value after simulation run seemed to go over the defined parameter. Thus, I've got to define my own state variable to record what I need (number in the system). BTW, I haven't tried the movable resource and many features yet, so couldn't write a review about it. However, if I have to model those other features, I will write a review some more.

Pros

easy to do 2D and 3D animation.

Cons

the meaning of the recorded values from simulation may be defined differently from analytical model.

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Elizabeth T.

Hospital & Health Care, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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Great software!

Reviewed 4 years ago

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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Ana Rosa T.

Computer Software, 51-200 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Recommended Simulator

Reviewed 6 years ago

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

SIMIO hasn`t Analysis of Variance in its modules. So it is necessary to export data to statistical software to analize results.

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Dominic B.

Used monthly for 2+ years

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Great tool that is easy to use for many applications

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Very easy to get started and model most simulation-related processes quickly. 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. Customizing entity flow is only possible to some extent.

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Ebert B.

Used other for 6-12 months

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I consider Simio is difficult to learn.

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

I consider that Simio has an excellent set of feature for animations, statistical reports and scenery comparison tools. Another feature I like Simio is the mode how one can define variables in any simulation models.

Cons

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

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Michael M.

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Great Software!

Reviewed 7 years ago

This software package can handle highly complex systems and has multiple ways to implement process triggers, constraints and statistical data. This makes it much easier to find a method that works best for the user and simplifies the learning curve for a simulation software. SIMIO's optQuest feature is accurate, easy to use, and delivers detailed reports for optimized processes. I strongly recommend SIMIO for both beginners and advanced users. 3 years simulation experience with the following packages: Witness, Arena, FlexSim, and SIMIO

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David S.

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Flexiblility to deal with hard to schedule domains.

Reviewed 7 years ago

Uses a simulation model to accurately represent the complexities important to your domain. Includes comprehensive and interactive reporting. Features risk analysis to tell you how likely you are to meet a schedule and provide an objective way to compare alternatives. Includes 2D and 3D animation to help understand and communicate the solution. Uses the power of the cloud (Azure) to run and distribute the schedules.

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FC T.

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Retail, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used monthly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Fantastic simulation software

Reviewed 4 years ago

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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Nate Y.

Transportation/Trucking/Railroad, 201-500 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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

Reviewed 4 years ago

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.

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Hospital & Health Care, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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Simio is versatile and intuitive!

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Love the software's versatility in handling complicated scenarios! There's a feature for anything and everything!

Cons

Not a big fan of the way the statistics are being reported. I wish there was a way to output data results into an Excel sheet.