Material Handling Simulation

Material Handling Simulation

What is material handling simulation?

Simply the computer-based modeling of a real material handling system. Simulation enables an organization to analyze and experiment with its process in a virtual setting, reducing the time and cost requirements associated with physical testing. Storage, docks, conveyors, forklifts and even personnel can quickly be introduced and adjusted within the simulation model, allowing companies the opportunity to determine how best to fully utilize their equipment and maximize efficiency.


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, making it easy to watch the virtual system go through its daily operations and visually observe which elements are lacking in efficiency. FlexSim also gives decision makers the tools to confirm their observations, with impressive statistical reporting and analysis built right into the software.

Why simulate material handling?

The need for efficiency in industry has never been greater, with personnel, fuel, transportation and material costs continuing to rise each year. Simulation provides a way to put a process to the test in a risk-free environment, helping to avoid costly mistakes through observation and analysis. It also enables users to determine minimum storage costs without sacrificing the required output.

Why simulate with FlexSim?

Answer important questions – Simulation with FlexSim can answer important questions that the material handling industry faces every day. Just a few examples:

  • Is the size of our fork truck fleet optimal for our situation?
  • Have we succeeded in reducing WIP to the lowest possible level?
  • Can we reduce operating costs while still maintaining required throughput levels?


Full 3D simulation – Take a leap out of the outdated, flat simulation environment and into something better.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 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 simulation software products that are built with a narrow focus, FlexSim has the flexibility to answer any question about your material handling process. You can view the operation on a deep level that goes beyond simple observation. Designers can track custom variables, consider variations in downtimes of processing equipment, test different order sizes, and much more.

No project is too big – Our software is capable of simulating any sized project, no matter the scope or complexity. FlexSim works in every phase of the project, from concept and design through launch and into full operation.

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 a basic license comes packaged withpowerful features such as the experimentation engine and the ExpertFit® distribution-fitting software.

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