FlexSim

3D simulation modeling and analysis software

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FlexSim Overview

What is FlexSim?

FlexSim is a simulation modeling and analysis software designed to help enterprises in manufacturing, healthcare, warehousing, and other sectors simulate, predict, and visualize business systems. It includes a drag and drop interface, which enables engineers to create model layouts with custom 3D objects and visual or lighting effects.

It helps healthcare professionals design patient flows by adding activities and processes based on patient’s acuity, diagnosis, and other user-defined attributes to analyze patient-centered outcomes. It includes a built-in objects library, which lets employees quickly view and select a variety of objects to design model layouts. With FlexSim’s model analysis module, managers can visualize and analyze data using charts or graphs, track various data points, and export files into spreadsheets.

FlexSim facilitates integration with OptQuest, a simulation optimization engine, which helps administrators set up variables and constraints on models for evaluation purposes. It also offers FlexScript, a built-in scripting language, which allows designers to automate simulation tasks through modeling commands.

FlexSim Overview

Pricing

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Pricing options

Free Trial
One Time License
Value for money

Please contact FlexSim directly for pricing information.


FlexSim Features

Devices
Business size
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Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 others, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified), Danish, English, French, Japanese and 3 others, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish

Media

FlexSim interface
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FlexSim Reviews

FlexSim Reviews

Overall rating
4,6
/
5
Excellent
71

Very good
44

Average
3

Poor
0

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4,4
Features
4,6
Ease of Use
4,1
Customer Support
4,6
97% recommended this app
Igor S.

Great looking and advanced simulations

I am a teacher in university. I had never worked with simulation software before, so it was my first software of such type. FlexSim is just a whole universe, with it's own logic and rules. If you want to do BIG things with it - you have to understand all of these rules, accept them and change your own thinking to follow that rules (to think like FlexSim would think). I am a very advanced user of Excel, and Excel is a large universe as well. But now I am wondering which of them is bigger.


Kavan L.

FlexSim is a Great Tool

At the moment I use FlexSim to simulation the possibilities within a given confined space. I build models to represent a few different scenarios and demonstrate them to the team, so that leadership can make a decision on particular go/no-go criteria for a project. I use FlexSim to demonstrate possibilities that people in the viewing group might not have even considered, and generate new conversations regarding what's possible and which direction to go.


Jake Y.

FlexSim Modeling

Good initially during classroom session followed by coaching provided by trainer post training. As we only use FlexSim maybe 1-2 times per year, was a struggle trying to remember the system features especially for complex processes. Suggest if FlexSim is conducting new classes, that the previous members can sign up for refresher course at a much lower fees i.e. join the class together with the new sign up. This will allow a continuation of interest & the use of FlexSim.


Dhuey C.

Long time Simulation practitioner

We are using FlexSim to evaluate a new production line, everything from equipment capability, line control logic and staffing. The data from the simulations has enabled us to reduce staffing, and equipment requirements.


Vincent B.

All purpose simulation software

I simulate mining sites (surface and underground), mine-to-port logistics, food and beverage plants, airport baggage handling systems, mechanical workshops, manufacturing assembly lines, distribution centers, distribution networks, supply chains, rail and road transport systems.

Very visual although visual can be turned off or ignored, very efficient flexscript language, I can simulate a wide range of industries with a single tool.


Igor S.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees

Great looking and advanced simulations

Used Monthly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/06/20
Review Source: Capterra

I am a teacher in university. I had never worked with simulation software before, so it was my first software of such type. FlexSim is just a whole universe, with it's own logic and rules. If you want to do BIG things with it - you have to understand all of these rules, accept them and change your own thinking to follow that rules (to think like FlexSim would think). I am a very advanced user of Excel, and Excel is a large universe as well. But now I am wondering which of them is bigger.

Pros

Great visualization makes it very pleasant to start learning;
Lots of built-in features, Data import-export;
Different modes (3D, ProcessFlow), where you can work simultaneously or independently;
Strong statistics (distributions), that can be integrated on the models, collecting and presenting data;
Anything you lack regarding the model or actor logic can be added as code snippets;
Really basic models can be made in minutes

Cons

It becomes difficult to learn it when you go in deep. The really basic actions are easy and intuitive, like for kids. But when you get to something just little more complex - it requires a lot of additional knowledge.
Little community tutorials. There are not many community samples and tutorials on youtube or in the web. Most of them are over basic functions - you probably will need to enroll a training.

Response from FlexSim

Thank you for your review, Dr. Sheludko! We're pleased to hear that you've enjoyed FlexSim's wide range of features and capabilities. It's true that complex systems can be challenging to model in any simulation analysis platform -- we try to make it as simply as we can, and welcome any additional feedback you have in helping us reach this goal.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Kavan L.
Industry: Food Production
Company size: 5 001-10 000 Employees

FlexSim is a Great Tool

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/06/14
Review Source: Capterra

At the moment I use FlexSim to simulation the possibilities within a given confined space. I build models to represent a few different scenarios and demonstrate them to the team, so that leadership can make a decision on particular go/no-go criteria for a project. I use FlexSim to demonstrate possibilities that people in the viewing group might not have even considered, and generate new conversations regarding what's possible and which direction to go.

Pros

What I like most about FlexSim is the software's ease of use. I did trials on several other simulation software and FlexSim came out on top for me. It was intuitive and just simply made sense when building models. After the initial training I built a simulation model to represent one of our biggest production plants. Having that 3D visual was key in explaining processes to the rest of the team, and I could make real time changes in the model to work through those "what if" scenarios. The intricate details and the ability to allow viewers to see a different perspectives is actually very eye opening.

Cons

What I like least about the software is the lack of floor levels that are representative of actual buildings. This might be minor, but I wished there were options for prebuilt stairs and different floor levels. Stairs and floor levels are common in plants, hospitals, airport, etc., so why not give the user those items in the toolbox. For example, if I wanted to simulate a building with three floors, with people walking from one floor to the other (not necessarily one above the other, otherwise we wouldn't be able to see the operation on the other floors), using a second and third elevated floor plan. Hopefully that makes sense.

Response from FlexSim

Thanks for your review, Kavan! We're glad that FlexSim came out on top in your evaluation, and the ease of use and visuals have been helpful. I have some good news for you -- the latest version of FlexSim (19.1) has multi-floor support and elevator banks! Let's talk offline and I can share some videos with you.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Jake Y.
Industry: Logistics & Supply Chain
Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees

FlexSim Modeling

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/07/04
Review Source: Capterra

Good initially during classroom session followed by coaching provided by trainer post training. As we only use FlexSim maybe 1-2 times per year, was a struggle trying to remember the system features especially for complex processes. Suggest if FlexSim is conducting new classes, that the previous members can sign up for refresher course at a much lower fees i.e. join the class together with the new sign up. This will allow a continuation of interest & the use of FlexSim.

Pros

It does have easy to use icon bars & links that can piece a simple flow together. Able to generate statistics for basic flow through the simulated data.

Cons

For more complex process with more variable data, it becomes more difficult to use the tools. Need good knowledge of FlexSim to apply the variables required to make the simulation closer to the real process. Without frequent practices & application, the knowledge erodes fast.

Response from FlexSim

Thank you for your review, Jake! We're glad to hear that you've enjoyed some of our easy-to-use modeling and statistics features. I'd really like to connect offline about post-training retention ideas -- this is very important for us, so your feedback would be quite helpful.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 4.0/10

Dhuey C.
Industry: Food & Beverages
Company size: 5 001-10 000 Employees

Long time Simulation practitioner

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/06/20
Review Source: Capterra

We are using FlexSim to evaluate a new production line, everything from equipment capability, line control logic and staffing. The data from the simulations has enabled us to reduce staffing, and equipment requirements.

Pros

Very easy to build a simple model with the 3D Objects. The 3D objects have enough hooks in place to deal with more complex situations as well. There is no need to know programing language. The software is a tool that can be used by both the novice and experienced modeler.

Cons

The users manual is a bit hard to follow, and missing some information. I would like more options for flow item shapes and shapes for resources.

Response from FlexSim

Thank you for your review, Dhuey! We're glad to hear that you've found FlexSim capable of both simple and complex simulation models. Let's connect offline and discuss some of your suggestions for item shapes -- I'm sure our developers would appreciate the info.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Vincent B.
Industry: Management Consulting
Company size: 2-10 Employees

All purpose simulation software

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/06/13
Review Source: Capterra

I simulate mining sites (surface and underground), mine-to-port logistics, food and beverage plants, airport baggage handling systems, mechanical workshops, manufacturing assembly lines, distribution centers, distribution networks, supply chains, rail and road transport systems.

Very visual although visual can be turned off or ignored, very efficient flexscript language, I can simulate a wide range of industries with a single tool.

Pros

Stunning interactive 3D graphics, full programming capabilities (no external compiler needed), links with Excel and SQL databases, ability to customize anything and develop reusable libraries

Cons

Limited cloud interactivity, too many new important features appearing, company focus seems to be on Process Flow module which is more complicated to use by programmers and less object-oriented

Response from FlexSim

Thank you for your review, Vincent! We're glad that you're enjoying our visuals, database connectivity, and customization options. Can we find a time to connect offline and discuss some of your feedback on our Process Flow module?

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
8,8/10
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FlexSim Pricing

FlexSim Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Free Trial
One Time License
Value for money

Please contact FlexSim directly for pricing information.

Please contact FlexSim directly for pricing information.

Value for Money
4,4/5
Based on 118 user ratings
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FlexSim Features

FlexSim Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts / Escalation
Auditing
Automatic Notifications
Collaboration Tools
Compliance Management
Data Import/Export
Data Visualization
Drag & Drop Interface
Monitoring
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
User Management
Workflow Management
Features
4,6/5
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Additional information for FlexSim

Additional information for FlexSim

Key features of FlexSim

  • Monte Carlo Simulation

FlexSim FAQs

FlexSim FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for FlexSim.

Q. What type of pricing plans does FlexSim offer?

FlexSim offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: One Time License

Free Trial: Not Available

Please contact FlexSim directly for pricing information.

Q. What are the main features of FlexSim?

FlexSim offers the following features:

  • Monte Carlo Simulation

Q. Who are the typical users of FlexSim?

FlexSim has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does FlexSim support?

FlexSim supports the following languages:

Chinese (Simplified), Danish, English, French, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish

Q. What type of pricing plans does FlexSim offer?

FlexSim has the following pricing plans:

One Time License

Q. Does FlexSim support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices FlexSim supports

Q. What other apps does FlexSim integrate with?

We do not have any information about what integrations FlexSim has

Q. What level of support does FlexSim offer?

FlexSim offers the following support options:

Phone Support, Online Support, Knowledge Base, Video Tutorials, FAQs, Forum