Volume 4, Number 1, Fall 2003 (Software Review)


Joko Prayitno

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY 41099 


Flexsim is a graphical and quantitative simulation software program that can examine, test, plan, design, and verify the workability of manufacturing, material handling, and logistic systems and processes.  Flexsim is used to optimize flow-processes within warehouses and distribution centers, plan and test layout of material handling systems, define staffing needs, examine operational alternatives, and eliminate constraints within dynamic systems.  Flexsim offers a platform to evaluate “what-if” conditions and ideas to improve material handling and operational processes. It justifies capital expenditures, improves order picking methods, and provides realistic, dynamic, quantitative, and stochastic representation of the key processes involved. Flexsim has several levels of animation , i.e. 2D, 3D, and virtual reality (see Figure 1 and Figure 2) that are excellent for communicating a model’s purpose and results to both technical and non-technical audiences.


Figure 1

Flexsim will model all discrete manufacturing and material handling processes, including conveyors and forklift trucks. Flexsim includes a powerful object-oriented language called flexscript.  Flexscript is a function-based simulation language that allows users to create and customize the functionality, logic, and physical attributes of modeling resources and even to create additional objects. Importing 2D AutoCAD is a standard and easy process in Flexsim. Flexsim gives the user the ability to develop unique, application-specific, and user-friendly interfaces.

Figure 2

Flexsim is the most user-friendly simulation software in order to simulate a model. Animation, 2D and 3D graphics, and especially virtual reality mode are the most important features in Flexsim. These features indeed will help users  and management make decisions about a “what-if” scenario without jeopardizing the real operation. In short, Flexsim, due to its user friendliness and features, is the most recommended simulation software package for various manufacturing and material handling industries. For more information, visit www.flexsim.com.


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