What Is Simulation Engineering & Do You Need It?

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Simulation Engineering

At its core, simulation engineering refers to the many computer-based technologies that visualize processes and products while they’re still in the development stage.

In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about simulation engineering, from applications to benefits. 

Let’s start with how industries use simulations.

Uses for Simulation Engineering

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Overall, it’s best to use simulations for testing “what if?” scenarios. Some of the primary applications of simulation engineering include, but are not limited to:

  • Facility Layout Optimization: Using simulation engineering technology, manufacturers can visualize their new environment before construction actually begins. This is particularly helpful because it can help you understand where certain equipment should be placed. It can also help you identify any bottlenecks. 
  • Testing Processes: Project managers can use simulation engineering software to identify any efficiency errors.

Beyond improving efficiency, there are other reasons why you should use this technology, especially during the planning and design phases of projects.

The Benefits of Using Simulations During the Planning & Design Project Phase

image of male engineering using VR glasses to design a new racecar

As previously stated, one of the biggest benefits of simulation engineering is having the ability to test “what if?” scenarios.

For example, you can see what the real-world impact would be when placing a particular machine in location A versus location B. Testing these types of situations in a virtual environment allows you to see potential hazards, thus preventing them from happening in real life.

Simulation software also significantly decreases any risks during the design and development project phase. By testing various scenarios, you can identify any potential design flaws before you build a prototype, which will then help you reduce costs and prevent product defects. You can also use simulation software to test and improve current processes.

Overall, simulations can help you save a significant amount of time and money—two resources that are always in short supply. That in and of itself may be the most important advantage of all.

Simulation Engineering Tools

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Industry professionals typically use sim engineering software that can create 2D or 3D models. This software may be steady-state or dynamic-based tools.

Steady-state is mostly used for processes that don’t have too many changing variables.

Dynamic simulation tools take varying conditions into account, including equipment size, potential equipment malfunctions, etc.

Examples of simulation tools include AutoMod and PlantSim by Siemens

Why You Need to Work With Process Simulation Engineering Professionals

Industry 4.0 isn’t just on the horizon—it’s officially here. The manufacturers who implement Industry 4.0 technology will enjoy a tremendous amount of success over the next decade. 

That’s why working with Industry 4.0 consultants like DSI is so critical— we can help you develop custom simulation models for virtually any project from assembly lines to factory redesigns. Our software can test production sensitivity, production mix, and conveyor speed. It can also identify bottlenecks, analyze skid sensitivity, and evaluate facility traffic. 

Our process simulation engineering professionals work with clients all across the United States. If you want to learn more about our simulation engineering services, or want to request a consultation, please contact us today.