Manufacturing Simulation

Manufacturing Simulation

What is manufacturing simulation?

Manufacturing simulation is the computer-based modeling of a real production system. Simulation allows organizations in the manufacturing industry to analyze and experiment with their processes in a virtual setting, reducing the time and cost requirements associated with physical testing. Inventory, assembly, transportation and production can be assessed within a simulation model, resulting in information that can preserve or improve value at the lowest possible cost.


FlexSim is powerful yet easy-to-use software for simulation. A comprehensive and innovative simulation engine is hidden behind drag and drop controls, drop-down lists and many other intuitive features that make it accessible for anyone to experiment with a model. All simulation models are created to scale and are presented using 3D visuals, so it becomes easy to view and recognize bottlenecks in the production line or other deficiencies within the system. FlexSim also gives decision makers the tools to confirm their observations, with impressive statistical reporting and analysis built right into the software.

Why simulate manufacturing?

The need for efficiency in the manufacturing industry has never been greater, with material, transportation and labor costs continuing to rise each year. Successful companies need to ensure that the costs associated with time, equipment and investments are being considered and optimized. At its core, manufacturing simulation is an inexpensive, risk-free way to test anything from simple revisions to complete redesigns, always with the purpose of meeting production goals at the lowest possible cost. Simulation also provides a means to test and implement principles of lean manufacturing and Six Sigma. And unlike spreadsheet-based analysis and forecasting, manufacturing simulation offers a quick and efficient means to adjust parameters and re-simulate,saving valuable time and hastening results.

Why simulate with FlexSim?

Answer important questions – Manufacturing simulation with FlexSim can answer important questions that manufacturing executives face every day. Just a few examples:

  • Would additional equipment in the manufacturing plant increase throughput or create an unforeseen bottleneck?
  • Would adding another process still allow the facility to meet production goals?
  • Can we identify and minimize the causes of defects?

Full 3D simulation – Take a leap out of the outdated, flat simulation environment and into something better. FlexSim brings a better visual experience to the world of simulation models, providing rich 3D objects to make your simulation look more realistic. 3D simulation modeling brings the model to life, and aids in communication and discourse for staff members at all levels.

Easy to use, yet powerful – FlexSim presents user-friendly tools like drop-down menus and drag and drop functionality that allow beginners to build and test models in just minutes, with no background in computer coding. And with a bit of practice in FlexSim’s intuitive Logic Builder, or by using some basic commands, users can get the most out of this extensible and powerful simulation engine.

Consider every viewpoint – Unlike other manufacturing simulation software products that are built with a narrow focus, FlexSim has the flexibility to answer any question about your manufacturing process. Did you encounter an unforeseen variable during product development? Has a customer concern created the need for an immediate solution? Simulation models can easily be tweaked and adjusted, providing rapid responses to even the most abstract situations.

No project is too big – FlexSim is capable of simulating any sized project, no matter the scope or complexity. Do bottlenecks in an existing system need to be identified and eliminated? Does the plant layout need to be optimized? What about future growth? Project components such as factory flow, inventory control, and optimal staffing can all be ably considered within a FlexSim model.

Used by the best – Our clients are among the most respected and forward-thinking businesses worldwide:

Competitively priced and cost effective – With a variety of license types and a comprehensive support network, FlexSim provides industry-leading value to its customers. Our 3D simulation software is competitively priced and doesn’t come with any hidden costs or add-ons, so even the most basic license comes packaged withpowerful features such as the experimentation engine and the ExpertFit® distribution-fitting software.

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