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Simulation is helping life sciences manufacturers to pivot from single scenario calculations and decision making to something more powerful – the ability to automatically generate and optimise designs.

In the latest in our Perspectives expertise articles, Sean Tully, SME in Simulation and Data Science, talks about how this pivotal change is opening the door to new opportunities and answering the need for flexibility.

In this article Sean covers:

A powerful tool

Used correctly, simulation can be a powerful tool in designing facilities that are carefully optimised to the needs of a client. At the most basic level, calculations are used to size individual elements of a facility.

Next generation simulation

The next generation of process simulation involves designing models that can use advanced optimisation techniques, such as linear programming, Monte Carlo methods and machine learning to automatically generate an optimised design.

Advanced simulation

Advanced simulations are particularly crucial in the field of cell and gene therapy (C&GT). With C&GT, the difficulty is not working out the equipment counts based on expected processing durations. 

The ‘coding’ engineer

Possibly most significantly of all, simulation is changing not just the role of the engineer, but the engineers themselves. Engineers are using new software tools to create and run simulations. Rather than viewing these tools as a finished product, they are coding additional features and functionality.

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