Scheduling vs. Simulation

People often ask us when they should use an Advanced Scheduling tool verses a discrete-event simulation tool.  They both are similar in that they can perform bottleneck analysis, utilize algorithms to calculate results, and are used by many manufacturing companies. So, what’s the real difference?

This short overview illustrates the key differences between the two tools:

As you can see, some key differences include the forward/backward capabilities, dynamic integration, stochastic/probabilistic events inclusion, and the real-time user interfaces. Interesting to note is that even though both tools are predominantly used in the manufacturing industry, they have been successfully deployed in the service industry too.

Do you have additional questions? If you’d like to discuss further or have a more in-depth look into either tool, please let us know! You can shoot us an email at, give us a call at 941-256-0376, or fill out this online Contact Form.

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