Step 1: Decide on the simulation’s purpose, and what results you want to monitor
It’s not often a user will need to simulate their entire business. So just decide what information you need and what part of your operation you should simulate to provide you with that detail.
Step 2: Build a first Pass Simulation
You need good data for an accurate simulation. An easy way to make sure that you have the right data for your simulation is to build a ‘first pass’ and then collect the data it requires. This ensures you collect the required data AND means you waste less time collecting things you don’t need
Step 3: Calibrate Your Simulation
You will need to make sure that your base simulation behaves like your real system. Run your simulation and see how the performance measures match the behavior of your existing system or, if you are simulating a proposed system, the expected performance.
From here you might need to collect additional data to make sure that the simulation matches the variability of your real system. SIMUL8 lets you adjust your model easily with one click. The properties of an object are displayed and changes to the name, timing, routing or other parameters of that object can be made.
Step 4: Analyze the Results and Optimize
SIMUL8 lets you try out different ideas on your PC before they’re implemented, removing risks and unnecessary costs. After the simulations are run you can compare the results and implement the optimum solution.
Step 5: Share Your Simulations
The final stage to any simulation project is to share the results with managers, colleagues and other staff involved. Demonstrating the simulation in action has increases understanding and acceptance of any proposed changes. The sophisticated results options and reporting features of SIMUL8 make it easy to share relevant, timely information with your colleagues.