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Simio

Facility design simulation & production scheduling

Simio

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Pros

The support team are great and very friendly and over all I find the package excellent. I would certainly recommend this to others.

Adrian M.

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It´s always improving and they have an amazing team for support. They have helped me several times with questions that I had.

Mauricio Sven G.

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These are really great and informative. The support team are very friendly as well and also a mine of useful knowledge and experience.

Adrian M.

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Cons

While there is a library of simbits to use, it does take a bit of thinking to link the simbits to a specific problem. This is especially difficult for newbies.

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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.

Luís P.

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I also sometimes the way to get clipart sometimes gets stuck.

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Makes Simulation fun and easy

Reviewed 2 years ago

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.

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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...

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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User friendly and great support

Reviewed 2 years ago

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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Simio a world of possibilities

Reviewed 4 years ago

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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Excellent software for handling complex simulations.

Reviewed 2 years ago
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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Taught simulation in an analytics class using Simio

Reviewed 3 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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Very Powerful Simulation Software

Reviewed 2 years ago
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This software has been the full package for me, providing the functions, details, and support required to build advanced simulations.

Cons

If anything I woudl say that the biggest issue is that the program is so robust that I required an extensive in-service to learn my way through it, difficult to self-start.

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

Reviewed 2 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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Simio is not exactly what we expected but gives more than anticipated

Reviewed 3 years ago

Simio certainly delivey more realistic results than the simple spread-sheet based calculations we used previously, however you really need to invest a vast amount of effort in the model to be able to get an accurate and believable result.

Pros

The program gives an incredible amount of information and is far more accurate than the spread-sheet based caclulations we used in the past.

Cons

Setup of a true working model is very complicated and terribly time consuming. This is not a simple "drop in a box or two to make a production line and there it works" type of program, you need to invest the time using accurate input information in order to be able develop a true working model. Thereafter you need to keep updating your models in order to keep them relevant.

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Great software

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

Can be applied to many different scenarios and is easy to toggle between 3D and 2D modelling.

Cons

Available libraries is limited so support is required or training

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Versatile and easy to learn simulation tool in market

Reviewed 3 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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Simulating with the Analyst in Mind

Reviewed 4 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 5 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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Employing Simio to size offshore vessel fleet (e.g. forecast charters) and to schedule shipments

Reviewed 4 years ago

Company spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year moving equipment and supplies to offshore drilling units and producing assets. We use Simio to determine optimal vessel fleet size and develop 10 days shipment schedules daily. Tool works well and has enabled us to reduce our fleet size considerably.

Pros

Handles highly complex simulations--we model 25+ slips, 30 vessels, 25 offshore locations, and more than 30 different types of demand product types such as barite, cement, casing, and baskets. Scheduler optimizes schedule based on lowest tangible and intangible costs and considers weather forecast, crew change schedules, and tank cleaning.

Cons

Simulation is written in a graphical programming language which is great for small, quick designs, but gets cumbersome to navigate in very large and complex simulations.

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SIMIO is Amazing

Reviewed 4 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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Best simulation software

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

The user interface is one of the best in the market. It´s always improving and they have an amazing team for support. They have helped me several times with questions that I had. Most of the time they answer the same day. What I like the most is their policy towards education, particularly higher education. They provide all kind of help: documentation, demos, videos, books, blog, etc. The "3D Warehouse" that connects automatically is free and very complete for improving your existing model. The Simbits are the best tool for learning the software and for fast reference about doing something particular. I recommend any user to check anytime those Simbits.

Cons

I recently started to use Dashboards. However, there is not much info about how to use it and develop it. Anyway, this is a minor detail.

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Great Product & Team

Reviewed 4 years ago

Simio provides a user friendly interface that allows me to do my work quickly and effectively. It was very easy to get up to speed with Simio after initially learning the simulation language Arena in college. Simio makes it simple to model complex processes while incorporating 3D animation, helping our clients quickly understand how the model is working. I would highly recommend Simio to anyone...

Pros

Flexibility, ease of use, responsive development team

Cons

Nothing immediately comes to mind!

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Simio review

Reviewed 2 years ago

We use Simio to help customers design solutions for using our autonomous material transport robots. Looking at problems such as fleet sizing, traffic congestion, routing, batch size, cart quantity etc

Pros

Can build a simple model that quickly demonstrates value to organization and then has power to scale up to much more complex as needed

Cons

It’s a VERY mouse intensive software. and many basic features are missing for making model professional looking.

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Summarizing my Simio experience for $10

Reviewed 4 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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Excelent customer support and frequent updates

Reviewed 4 years ago

This along with full feature pack and ability to extend with C# modules makes SIMIO excelent software. I was suprised many times to find requested feature in the next sprint in less than a month.

Pros

User support is quick and helps with solving problems Great community of users with usefull forum Great 3D visualization Object, entity, process oriented simulation software Easy to use

Cons

didn't find any

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A Great Multi Purpose Simulation Package

Reviewed 4 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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There is on other product on the market today that comes close to Simio.

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

It is at least 10 years ahead of flexsim, arena, Anylogic, or any other products. It's agent based modelling at it finest and the planning board is unrivalled.

Cons

Nothing. It is extremely comprehensive with ground breaking advances which are optimally positioned for industry 4.0

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Dalton's Simio Review

Reviewed 2 years ago
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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Simio has allowed me to easily model different emergency department operational models for clients.

Reviewed 4 years ago

I can model whatever I want to model in healthcare systems rapidly. It is a create communication tool and makes important decision easier.

Pros

Ease of ease. Smooth interface. I also like that I can "get under the hood" and customize it to my hearts desire. Again, I can create models quickly and model any scenario that comes up in an emergency department. We are know expanding its use to include inpatient services and other service lines. Great product!

Cons

Nothing really. It has become part and parcel with me over time. I would be nice if it had more pre-built healthcare models (anything to make my job easier)

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Ease of use, nice 3D animation

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

The software is very easy to use. It allows the students to put together a simple working model very quickly. Its experimentation mode allows for comparison of different scenarios, and the charting features and statistical results are easy to follow. Students love the 3D animation.

Cons

Honestly, I can't think of any. The workbook for Simio provides a step-by-step illustration and truly allows the users to grasp a new modeling concept within a fairly short amount of time. Granted, it takes practice to be able to remember the features and steps, but that is true of any simulation software packages.

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Great tool

Reviewed 4 years ago

I am a teacher at Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala and I have been watching the improvement in my students over the years.

Pros

Ease of use and the software includes almost anything we need

Cons

You don't have a version for Mac OS

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