Technology-Enabled Predictive Analytics



Dynamic Process Improvement

The predictive technology of ProModel allows you to design-in success, increase capacity, decrease costs, reduce cycle time, and test alternatives in a risk-free environment before committing capital and resources. What could be more valuable?

   
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Process Simulator Overview
This short video details the features and tools of Process Simulator.


Process Simulator Quickstart Video
“How do you explain process simulation?" This short video simply explains simulation and how easy it is to create a model in Process Simulator.

Transform Static Flowcharts and Workflow Diagrams into Dynamic Simulation Models.

Quickly and easily simulate Microsoft Office Visio® flowcharts, Value Stream Maps and workflow diagrams. Process Simulator installs as a add-in to Visio, allowing you to seamlessly create and run simulation models inside Visio. It is a simple, predictive, productivity improvement tool that has the potential to change your future.

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Create a new flowchart model or add simulation properties to an existing flowchart directly in Visio. Single Image

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2 Press play and watch your model run with realistic animation.

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View dynamic model output metrics and run "What-Ifs" in Visio.
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Whether you are looking to minimize costs, increase throughput, improve productivity, manage inventory or meet customer demand, Process Simulator provides a cost effective, high value solution to achieve your objectives. Customers using Process Simulator today include Pfizer, ITT, General Dynamics, GE Healthcare, Praxair, Cummins, Pacific Life, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and many other customers and institutions around the world.

Process Simulator is available today in a risk-free, "Lite" version for your organization to evaluate.

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Solutions

LEAN and Value Stream Mapping

Capture Value Stream Maps in Visio and see what performance gains you can expect before implementing actual changes. Simulate current and future state scenarios to understand which LEAN project will give the biggest benefit.

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Continuous Process Improvement

Build As-Is and To-Be Workflow Models and understand Time Based Quantitative impacts of changes quickly. Predict resource requirements, capital equipment investments, process times, service levels and more!

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Six Sigma Initiatives

Enhance the effectiveness of Analyze and Improve steps of the DMAIC Methodology. Experiment to ANALYZE how the system responds within the model and develop a total continuous IMPROVEMENT strategy in a dynamic, risk-free environment.

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Resources


Announcing ProModel University’s on-line, self paced training course for Process Simulator

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Training Resources

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Process Simulator: with Six Sigma Analysis and Minitab

What's New?

What's New in Process Simulator Professional 2014

The Professional edition of Process Simulator 2014 is a new edition for advanced users of Process Simulator. It has all the capabilities of the Standard edition plus the new features introduced with this release. Process Simulator Professional provides you with the power, flexibility, and freedom to rapidly build highly effective models so you can make better decisions, faster.

Power

Arrays

Arrays allow you to store large amounts of data in a single data structure for your model to access and use during simulation. They are used just like variables but rather than defining a variable for every data value you want to keep track of (which could be hundreds of variables), you define a single array to hold hundreds of data values. See our how to video on Arrays.

Import/Export Data via Excel

The quickest and most convenient way to populate your Arrays with data values is by importing data from Excel. Not only does it make it easy, but because most people use Excel it makes it simple to manage and modify the data directly in Excel. If you manipulate the array values during simulation, then you may want to export the data to Excel for data validation and analysis after simulation.

User Distributions

Occasionally, none of the built-in distributions in Process Simulator can adequately represent a data set. In such cases, the user may define a User Distribution to represent this empirically established data set.

Flexibility

Advanced Subroutines

We have extended our subroutine capability in the Professional edition to allow the passing of parameters and the return of calculated values. This enables the leveraging of arrays and execution of parallel process activities.

Complex Expressions

In Professional, you can get complex expressions in property fields by calling a subroutine (where complex calculations and logic can be executed) and returning a single value to the property.

Initialization/Termination Logic

Execute logic at the beginning or end of a simulation to do things such as initializing arrays and activating subroutines or finalizing calculations for custom reports. This logic is accessed from the Simulation Properties window.

Freedom

Free Form Logic

When you’re ready to go beyond the guided, dialog-building method of logic creation, then you’ll love the freedom and flexibility that Free Form logic gives you. Not only can you simply type your logic freely, but the Free Form logic window can remain open as you click from one activity to another. This window doesn’t have the same restriction as the Builder logic window.

Solution and How To Videos

We have organized and brought together all the Solution and How To videos our Support team has created on YouTube into one convenient location.
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What's New in Process Simulator 2014 (Fall 2013)

Visio 2013 Integration

Process Simulator now integrates with Visio 2013 (32-bit). A few of the new features introduced by Visio 2013 that Process Simulator supports are:

  • Change Shape- this new capability in Visio allows you to replace any shape already in your diagrams. You no longer need to disconnect the connections, delete the shape, add a new shape, and then reconnect the connections (besides the fact you lose all your simulation properties). Simply select the shape you want to change and then select a new shape from the Change Shape drop down in the Ribbon. All of your simulation properties (duration, shift, logic, etc.) for that shape will be automatically transferred to the new shape.

  • Office File Format - Visio also implemented the Office compressed file format standard (VSDX). This keeps your files small in size and allows for version history tracking when stored in SharePoint. Process Simulator supports this new format as well as the old VDX and VSD formats.

Percentage Routes in Scenarios

Want to quickly see the impact of changing the percentages at a decision based routing in your process? Simply add the percentage routes as a parameter in Scenario Manger, change their values, and simulate the new scenario. It’s that easy.



Attach by Attribute and Time Limit

We’ve added several new capabilities to the Attach route to make your modeling of assembly, loading, and joining activities easier:

  • Attach by Attribute Value- reduce your attach connections and entity types by attaching entities based upon their attribute values.
  • Attach with Time Limit- specify how much time to give the attaching entities before the base entity takes whatever it has and moves on.
  • Attach Before/After Activity – decide whether the attach action occurs before the base entity has executed its logic or after.

Batch by Attribute

For a Buffer activity, batch your entities based upon the attribute value of each entity. This helps reduce the number of entities defined in your model. For example, if you have a process that has many different parts with unique part numbers and need to batch them for processing. Assign the part number to an attribute and batch by attribute value. One entity, one attribute, very simple.


Default Activity and Move Times

When adding new activities or routing connections to your diagram, they are given default duration and move times. These default times can now be changed to values you prefer for your models. Don't want to have a default move time? Set the default time to be blank. These defaults also apply when converting pre-existing diagrams to simulation models.



<Activity Time> Statement

We’ve included this new control statement to Activity Logic, which allows you to designate when the Activity time defined in the properties window is executed. By default, the Activity time occurs after the Activity Logic is completed. Now, placing the <Activity Time> statement within your logic gives you control of when it actually takes place.

New Tutorial Video

The Process Simulator Standard Tutorial has been revamped and now has several video segments for you to follow along with. Check it out online

 

Enhancements

  • New options for Tables in Output Viewer allow you to change the font and font size, bold the column headers, and center justify the columns of data.
  • Run a specific replication of your model by placing the "@" symbol in front of your replication number defined in the Simulation Properties (e.g. "@5").
  • Serial Numbers can be entered during installation and are displayed in the About dialog for easy access and quick reference when calling Technical Support.
  • Macros can be used in Percentage routes.

What's New in Process Simulator 2011 SP4

  • ProModel Enterprise UploadUpload to ProModel Enterprise
    ProModel Enterprise is our new cloud-based enterprise application.  Upload Process Simulator models and then create and run scenarios in ProModel Enterprise.  Scenarios are run simultaneously while the results from all models can be compared and analyzed in one central location in Reports. Easily create report dashboards specific to your business KPIs and share them with others. There is nothing to install as ProModel Enterprise is accessed from anywhere through an internet browser. It can be hosted on premise or in the cloud and serves as a single unifying environment for predictive analytic collaboration across the organization. 

  • Control submodel layout at simulation
    Previously Process Simulator automatically calculated how many submodels should be placed within a row on the layout. You can now control this by either specifying a boundary up to which submodels can be placed or specifying the number of submodels that can be contained per row.

    Submodel Layout

  • Flexibility in Attach quantities
    We've added the ability to enter an attribute for the quantity in an Attach connection. This simplifies the modeling of processes where attach quantities vary from entity to entity.

    Route Specific

  • Improvement in resource requirements analysis
    We now allow the number of units specified in a Use request to exceed the total number of units defined for a given resource. This allows you to create scenarios with fewer resources than a task or activity requires, thus effectively extending the overall time a task takes to complete. Compare these with other scenarios of varying resource quantities and analyze the effect on the overall process initiatives.

  • Compatible with Windows 8
    This release has been tested and verified to install and run on the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system.

What's New in Process Simulator 2011 SP2

·         Resource Shift Carryover extended to Use statement – this powerful capability, introduced in the SP1 release, has been expanded to include resources captured with a USE statement. It enables you to carryover work started by a resource on one shift and continue it with another unit on the next shift. For example, hospitals operating 24 hours a day can transfer patient care from one shift to the next.

·         Output report views and results copied with new model – when saving an existing model as a different name, if that model also has saved Output Viewer report views, you will be prompted and given the choice to copy the saved report views and any results files with the new model name.

·         Charts linked in Output Viewer report views – charts are now automatically linked together if they exist in the same report tab. This means that when you add or remove a scenario from one chart, all other charts will have that scenario added or removed as well. Other Filter Options can also be linked and, if desired, charts can be unlinked so that changes only apply to the selected chart.

 

·         Output Viewer Items sorted in original model order – Filter Options now show all elements in the Items list in the order they appear in the model tables. This is now the default Item sort, however, the list can also be sorted alphabetically.

·         Move a chart and create a new Report – if you want to move an existing chart into its own new Report tab, simply drag the chart up to the plus "+" tab and drop it there. A new Report tab will automatically be created with your chart in the view.

·         How-To modeling solutions – learning how to use Process Simulator requires more than just becoming familiar with the product features and menus. It also requires an understanding of how to use the features to correctly create representative models of actual business processes.  The how-to solutions, now included in the documentation, help you learn the techniques to model situations you are likely to encounter when doing a simulation study.

·         Output Viewer now has context-sensitive online help.

·         Model package install directory defaults to where the package file resides.

·         External Arrival files now support the .xlsm and .xlsb Excel file formats.

·         Container objects in Visio are now supported as simulation objects.

·         Simulations can now be run to the year 2100.

·         Entity initial cost allows use of distributions.

·         Copying rows in a table supports non-contiguous row selection.



What's New in Process Simulator 2011

With Process Simulator 2011 you are able to more easily visualize and analyze simulation results using the new Output Viewer, quickly experiment and compare model changes with independent scenarios, and simplify model building with advanced modeling constructs. Process Simulator 2011 is compatible with Microsoft Visio 2010, 2007, and 2003.

With Process Simulator 2011 SP1, you are able to easily model multi-shift facilities using the new resource shift carryover capability. You can also gain more insight into your model results with the new Output Viewer time series charts.

Features

Resource Shift Carryover
This powerful new capability allows you to carryover work started by a resource on one shift and continue it with another unit of that resource on the next. For example, manufacturing facilities that have extended task times or complex processes spanning multiple shifts or days can easily pass work from the first to the second shift. Hospitals operating 24 hours a day can transfer patient care from one shift to the next. Shift carryover works whether it's one resource or multiple resources performing a task. Each resource will independently be interrupted to go off shift and allow resources on the next shift to resume the work. Along with this new capability, you can now assign unique calendars to specific resource units.

 

Resource Shift Carryover

New Output Viewer Time Series Charts
The following are new and modified time series charts:

  • Activity Utilization – this new chart displays utilization of activities, as a percentage of contents versus overall capacity, over the course of the simulation run.

    Activity Utilization
  • Resource Usage – this new chart shows how many resources were used and when over the course of the simulation. Add a capacity line to the chart and compare the actual usage against the maximum potential resource usage.

    Resource Usage
  • Activity State – this upgraded chart now includes the averaging of activity states across replications. It is displayed as a 100% stacked column Gantt chart over time.

    Activity State

Output Viewer

Originally released with ProModel 2010, the new Output Viewer has been developed in the latest Microsoft WPF technology. It simplifies the creation of views, provides quicker and more open access for modifying charts and tables, and allows for analysis and comparison of multiple output data sources. The user interface follows the Microsoft fluent UI standard and uses a ribbon for providing access to all the reporting functionality.

Specifically for the Process Simulator 2011 release, we have added the following new capability to Output Viewer:

  • Sort Column, Utilization, and State Charts - sort your chart data based on highest or lowest values. State charts will even let you choose which state should be sorted.


  • Export Time Series Data - similar to exporting Summary data, you are able to export any of your time series results from any scenario to Excel.

  • Change Chart Type -you are able to change the chart style from bar to line, from line to area, from pie to doughnut, etc. Choose from several different chart style options.

Independent Scenarios

Coupled with the capability introduced in the new Output Viewer, you can run new scenarios independently of each other and compare their results side by side with previously simulated scenarios.

Macros

If you have a distribution that is used in multiple places throughout your model, use a macro and then if you need to change that distribution, modify it one place!  Macros can be used in almost any place in your model like activity logic, routing move time, arrival frequency, etc.  You can also add them as parameters to be utilized in your scenario analysis.

Subroutines

If you find yourself writing the same logic in multiple activities throughout your model, put that logic in a subroutine. Then, simply call the subroutine from multiple logic locations. Not only will you reduce the amount of time writing logic, but when you want to make a change, you'll only need to make it in one place.

External Arrivals

Define multiple Periodic arrivals in an Excel worksheet and have them automatically initialized in your model when the simulation runs. You can also set the arriving entity's initial attribute values for things like part numbers, acuity levels, job numbers, etc.

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Enhancements

We Have Also Added the Following Enhancements in the 2011 SP1 Release:

  • Data Grouping Interval for Statistic series – when viewing the raw data for time series charts, you can now set the grouping interval if Statistic series are added to the chart.

    Data Display
  • Pooling time series statistics – Time Plot charts now have a pooling option that allows you to combine the values of the Items selected and display their joint average in the chart. Series for Statistics are also automatically pooled for all items selected and show as one joint Statistic, if the chart type has been set to stacked.

    Pooling time series statistics
  • Macro availability – Macros can now be used in IF statements, Conditional and Detach routings, and Pattern arrivals.

Process Simulator Editions - Feature Comparison


 

Lite

Standard

Pro

Plug-in to Microsoft Visio

Yes

Yes

Yes

ProModel Simulation Engine

Yes

Yes

Yes

Share Models with ProModel and MedModel

Yes

Yes

Yes

Multi-Scenario Comparative Output Viewer

Yes

Yes

Yes

Integration with Minitab

 

Yes

Yes

Basic Logic Builder

 

Yes

Yes

Basic Subroutine Functionality

 

Yes

Yes

Model changes in Microsoft Excel

 

Yes

Yes

Animation

Yes

Yes

Yes

Utilizes power of Visio Data Graphics

 

Yes

Yes

2-Dimensional Arrays

 

 

Yes

Import/Export Data via Excel

 

 

Yes

Advanced Logic Builder

 

 

Yes

Advanced Subroutine Functionality

 

 

Yes

Complex Expressions in Property Fields

 

 

Yes

User-Defined Distributions

 

 

Yes

Initialization / Termination Logic

 

 

Yes

Free Form Logic

 

 

Yes

Awards

Microsoft Partner of the Year Finalist 2010

ProModel Listed Among Top Finalists for the 2012 Microsoft Visio Partner of the Year Award
Leader in predictive analytic solutions qualifies with Process Simulator application for fourth consecutive year.
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  Microsoft Partner of the Year Finalist 2011

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Microsoft Partner of the Year Finalist 2010

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Microsoft Partner of the Year Winner 2009

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System Requirements


COMPONENT

REQUIREMENT

Computer and processor

1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster x86-bit or x64-bit processor with SSE2

Memory

1 GB RAM (32-bit); 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

Hard disk

1.5 GB available disk space

Operating system

Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista

Microsoft Visio

Visio 2013 (32-bit), Visio 2010 (32-bit), Visio 2007

Other

Internet access (for online registration and updates)