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#1 Posted : Thursday, May 14, 2015 3:49:04 PM(UTC)

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- My company purchased Simio a little over a year ago and I was told that we would not need to use code, but when I went through training there were sections of c# that I had to implement to define various behavior on processes and resource allocations. This wasn't in a programmer's idea of "code" environment but rather in their table based interface. So while it wasn't programming in the true sense of the word it was still using c# to define behavior that I do not have the skillset nor time or desire to learn. Additionally, models had to be built in multiple instances. I don't want to have to build the 3D model and then a process flow for behavior. Ideally I would like to be able to define all of my behavior at the same time as building the 3D model so that I can validate behavior while I build the model. Would Simcad fit in this method of modeling? Also, the website says "no code" modeling, can you explain?


Hi Tim, when we talk about our no code environment, what we mean is that the interface does not create or generate any code. This is true not only for basic behavior definition but also for more complex behavior as well. There is an optional VB interface in which users can write custom logic if they choose to but this is not necessary for the vast majority of models. Coding would only be necessary for a small proportion of very specific complex behavior. Most users do not need to use code at all. With Simcad you'll be able build the 3D model within the same modeling environment as the behavior definition. Simcad's patented dynamic modeling capability eliminates the need to create the model multiple times.

Since we are not Simio experts, we can't go into great detail about all of the minute differences, but there are some key differences that distinguish Simcad from Simio (and other competitors). One such key difference between Simio and Simcad is the way that processes are defined. As you build the model with Simcad, you simply click and place the process in the model and can decide to use the default setting or customize the behavior using the standard graphical interface. This is all defined within the model view and does not require you to go into a separate view to define properties and behavior. Once you have built and validated the base of the model, you can stay within the model view to refine it further and test different scenarios and process changes. Another important distinction is Simcad Pro's interactive element. With Simcad, you can not only make changes and modify properties and behavior within the model view, but you can also do it while the simulation is running. This live and interactive environment reduces development time, effort required, and subsequently, cost of building the model. Simcad Pro allows the user to make any number of changes to the model (whether large or small) during a simulation run so the effect of changes can be seen immediately. With other tools, you will need to stop the simulation to make a change, then restart it to see the outcome. If you want to pin down the true effect of each change, you will need to do this one change at a time. This has an obvious influence on the development time and effort required for the model build. There are several other key factors that give Simcad a competitive edge. We can set up a time to go over them in greater detail with a web meeting if you're interested. Give us a call at (630) 428-2850 or send an email to sales@createasoft.com to let us know. We would love to speak with you further about how we can work together.

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