FACTS, stands for Factory Analyses in ConcepTual phase using Simulation, was started as a Swedish research project funded by VINNOVA and supported by the Swedish automotive industry through the MERA program during 2005-2008. In that project, it was successfully demonstrated the enormous potential of “frontloading” the use of simulation to support the early stages of production systems design by integrating model abstraction and simulation-based optimization (SBO) in an innovative manner. The major software tool delivered by the project is called FACTS Analyzer, which is specifically designed for supporting factory design, analysis and optimization during the conceptual design phase. The commercial version of FACTS, called FACTS Analyzer Professional, was first launched in 2014, after several years of software development and extensive field tests with industrial partners in Sweden.
What are the major differences between FACTS Analyzer Professional and other factory simulation software packages? The four main features that distinguish FACTS Analyzer are: