Lanner Group

WITNESS


4.5 / 5
28 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Businesses undergoing process changes and strategic investment decisions


Average Ratings

28 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Lanner Group
  • www.lanner.com
  • Founded 1996
  • United Kingdom

About WITNESS

Consistently the most flexible, powerful, proven process simulation technology in the world, Lanner's desktop modelling studio, WITNESS Horizon, enables professional modellers to rapidly develop feature rich digital twins and simulation applications that provide unparalleled insight through dynamic data visualisation (both 2D and 3D) and the foresight to test choices in a risk free virtual scenario planning environment.


WITNESS Features

  • 3D Modeling
  • Agent-Based Modeling
  • Continuous Modeling
  • Design Analysis
  • Direct Manipulation
  • Discrete Event Modeling
  • Dynamic Modeling
  • Graphical Modeling
  • Industry Specific Database
  • Monte Carlo Simulation
  • Motion Modeling
  • Presentation Tools
  • Stochastic Modeling
  • Turbulence Modeling

WITNESS Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Witness has been an excellent teaching tool to expose engineering students to simulation.

Apr 02, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: The software is user friendly and intuitive in using the menus and features. The software is also very compatible with Windows and convenient to use for presentations using a laptop. The versatility of the software to study dynamic situations in various applications - not only in manufacturing - is outstanding.

In the University setting, Witness has been well accepted by faculty members and engineering students for simulation studies. The software is easy to setup with a server license and has never "crashed". The special pricing to allow universities to use this software package is a plus. Several graduates have made note of the fact that they are using either Witness or similar software in their jobs (especially related to automated manufacturing)- and that the training in Witness prepared them very well for their careers.

The support provided by the Lanner staff is OUTSTANDING! The response time is pretty much immediate. The support is competent, courteous, and timely always. It is clear that the staff are committed to the effective use of the software (and also for timely upgrades).

Cons: There are no weaknesses that come to mind in the use of Witness Software. From an academic setting use, it would probably be helpful to have a lab manual with exercises and solutions to accompany the Witness software.

Overall: An outstanding way to introduce future engineers to the application of simulation and animation studies for applications in automated manufacturing.

I have used Witness successfully for many years in manufacturing and healthcare.

Mar 28, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Witness is very easy to learn and accommodates diverse modeling scenarios with minimal training. The software allows the user significant flexibility depending on the desired outcome. For example, if precision is secondary or results are needed quickly, a conveyor can be modeled as a time delay by using a 'buffer'. However, the software also allows a conveyor to be modeled in detail with individual zones and sensors. The user interface is intuitive enough that a new user can model this and many other scenarios with ease. In most cases, the user only needs to specify the parameters of the entity being modeled and Witness handles the details. This also facilitates experimentation by allowing the user to vary the parameters and evaluate various scenarios without the need for coding. For modeling complex situations, Witness provides an easy to learn, intuitive, and structured programming language with features such as the ability to set breakpoints, step into code, and inspect variables. The library of built-in functions is exceedingly rich with additions in every release allowing the user to concentrate on modeling. Witness has several other features lending to its flexibility and adaptability, such as discrete and continuous modeling, 3D modeling, the ability to read and write Excel files, various reporting tools, and ability to interface with many programming languages.

Cons: Witness has gained features with every release and the modeling options available to the user can be overwhelming. The software could also use a more contemporary look.

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User friendly and easy to set up indeed.

Aug 08, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Witness has no doubt proved to be the outstanding simulation software and provide excellent ways of learning. It is really informative in a sense within a couple of weeks after taking help from some of its examples, I am able to make decent models myself. Effective tool that has provided engineering students with best simulation solutions so as to develop their more interest towards this awesome product. It's most fascinating feature is that it has excellent ability to compute wide range of data.

Cons: I am not having much complains about this software. The only flaw of this software is that, sometimes it execution speed gets slow due to which users have to face a little bit difficulty. I would suggest, this software must have additional tools like data fitting and optimization otherwise one has to find other ways in order to get their needs fulfilled.

Overall: Superb software that is not only best for simple models but also for complex ones.

Simulation software with great learning curve. Definitely too buggy though.

Apr 02, 2018
3/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
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Pros: The learning curve on the software is great. I was able to work through some of their examples and begin making decent models within a couple weeks. It also has deeper functionality that allows me to continue learning after 2+ years using the software. The code windows allow for complex logic for the more advanced users. The continuous flow elements have come a long way since first implemented and new features continue to be added with each release. The quantity of different types of built in elements and the number of features with each one is much greater than any other discrete simulation software I have ever used.

Cons: What sets this product aside as a pro also leads to its main con. Its ease of use limits its functionality. All of its extra features lead to quite a few bugs that slip past the development team into their released product. In my 2.5 years, I have raised nearly 20 tickets with over half of them being confirmed bugs within the software. I am only one user out of a large pool using released versions of this software. I SHOULD NOT be finding this many bugs. I would urge the development team to stop over selling and under delivering on both features and schedule. Instead, set tangible targets for both schedule and features. We have been strung along on a new release for over 8 months before it was delivered. This should not happen.

Overall: I am able to use it to deliver bottle neck analysis reports to our customers, but working around and reporting bugs at the rate I do costs extra time and money

Excellent with many features, from simple models to the highly complex

Mar 29, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: 3D functionality, support for multicycle machines and ease of initial use make this the perfect software for process modeling. New advances in 3D support also results in models that are easy for non-modelers (management) to understand and to have confidence in. The help functions and the Lanner website provide many examples and clear explanations. I should mention that I have written two books on the use of this software and teach its use at uni.

Cons: While this software is pricey, it is balanced by the performance factors and ease of use. One would prefer to have more all-in-one support for the fitting of PDF's to empirical data, but there are many statistical packages that do this quite effectively.

Comprehensive and flexible analysis tool for a wide range of simulation applications

Dec 18, 2017
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Total flexibility in defining operating logic, great tools for debugging operating logic and excellent level of graphics to display model status and results

Cons: Slow execution speed - would be wonderful if a user could compile a model to greatly improve execution speed

Overall: WITNESS has enabled me to provide a unique and valuable service to a wide range of clients

A very good tool for students to learn system modeling and simulation.

Dec 15, 2017
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Easy of use and learning. It provides a very good user interface. There are many examples for new users. I have used this software for course teaching, system modeling and simulation, both in undergraduate and graduate levels for many years.

Cons: A lack of some additional tools such as for data fitting and optimization. We have to find other software to meet these needs. I have used this software for course teaching, system modeling and simulation, both in undergraduate and graduate levels for many years.

Perfect and user friendly software for the simulation.

Apr 02, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: The features it offers like shift, various attributes, variable, priority rule, labor rule its simplifies the real scenario.

Cons: I used this software to simulate the operation of manufacturing facility. It used to take 2 hrs in 64 GB computer.

Overall: It was my first experience to use simulation software. Its was very user friendly, also online material helped me to learn more about the tool.

Programming with WITNESS is straight forward.

Apr 08, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It is easy to work with the element interface to bring in new components to the model. The Lanner portal is a great place to ask questions and the responses are given very quickly. The need for prior programming experience is minimal since the object based programming using witness elements is simple and straight forward.

Cons: Since WITNESS uses visually based programming, there are many objects which are created when forming a model. In order to access the menus required to interface the elements there is a lot of opening and closing dialog boxes. In addition, when working on a dialog box, for one element, another element cannot be brought up for editing.

I have used Witness for several projects to determine optimal designs or to verify/validate existing

Dec 19, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Interface is easy to use and straight forward. Help section and the examples provided are valuable along with the software.

Cons: It can be difficult to create models involving complex material handling systems. Witness is much more suited for process related simulation modeling.

Overall: Determining various design parameters for assembly and machining systems

Have used Witness for over 10 years excellent software and support

Mar 27, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: 2018 update is great , the upgrade features provided me with ease of use and a better graphic experience. I modeled several conveyors, assembly machines with ease.

Cons: I have yet to locate a con with this software. As a user for the last ten years the updates and training provide is great.

Overall: ease of use, easy install

WITNESS is a very powerful tool

Jan 02, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: WITNESS does very well what a lot of other simulation tools struggle with - it makes it easy to rapidly prototype models and change parameters programmatically or via GUI. I really enjoy using this software as it generally makes the modeling portion easy.

Cons: The program does not always error 'gracefully' - if there is an error, the simulation completely stops, and it is not easy to debug since the session essentially terminates on error rather then pausing. It's not a major issue once you learn to work around it, just a slight inconvenience.

Infinitely flexible software to create experiments on even the wildest scenarios.

Mar 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Flexibility and 2D view for diagnostic value is excellent. Prompts allow a user to create code quickly.

Cons: Pathing is difficult and measuring travel distances is not intuitive. Debugging is challenging, a scavenger hunt.

WITNESS is a great tool for micro

Dec 18, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Scenario analysis and experimentor, Costing and sustainability. 2D graphics. element reports. Easy to make simple models and get results.

Cons: The software is not super robust when it comes to making changes in model and also user interface can always improve. Connection to Database and spreadsheets: this can be improved by developing wizards to make external DB connections. initialization of the model is very static. no dynamic functions can be used in initialization. In general many sections are still a bit static.

User friendly, detailed software that allows my organization to answer a variety of questions

Dec 14, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: The software allows my organization to model from the BOM level all the way up to the overall network flow. Most other options we looked at only did manufacturing at the line level and we required more detail than that. WITNESS allows us to ask more questions and get more answers quickly.

Cons: Using modeling software is like learning a foreign language. You learn all the parts of the sentence and how they work together, even how to put together basic sentences. To be really proficient in using the software, it takes time to learn the ins and outs and all the nuances. The software offers so many ways of working, that it takes time to really understand the best ways of working. Partnering with Lanner has allowed us to learn more quickly and get more value.

Great software for modeling and simulating factory responses

Mar 29, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: ability to compute diverse data. It has been designed well to work with office programs like Excel. It was interesting to see how we could integrate an excel file, modify anything we want through this file.

Cons: Complexity of programming. I feel it was difficult to get used to the programming style/Script. It was easily understandable for everybody in the team.

Great software tool for creating and setting up an efficient manufacturing facility

Mar 22, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: There are many features and options within the software to accurately represent our manufacturing facility and help us develop new and better ways for our products to flow the facility

Cons: It can be difficult to learn how to use and it could be a little more user friendly. I did receive a week long training on the software, which I would say is necessary to effectively use the tool.

Tutorials are quite helpful, but I expect more samples in the tutorials.

Mar 22, 2018
4/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: The 3D demo gives the audience a vivid view of the working process, and make people understand easier.

Cons: The learning curve is really time-consuming. Especially programming part, too many codes need to know if the user has no C basic knowledge.

Overall: A good working flow simulating software, which helps users to diagnose the system bottlenecks and improve efficiency.

I use Witness just about everyday and I have a lot of fun with it.

Dec 18, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I like the visual side of things. I can see what is happening at every stage of the model and envision reality while watching the model.

Cons: Witness lacks some coding capability that would be available in other coding languages. There are always ways to work around these but they can be a little tedious.

The software is world class. It allowed us to simulate our processes and increase productivity.

Dec 18, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use and train people. Easy for administrator to show management team the functionality of the program.

Cons: licensing cost is expensive. the program is not stand alone. You need a license for each user. This increases the cost of ownership.

Overall: Increase productivity

Easy to use for the correct situation

Mar 29, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The ability to write functions and the ability to reference them anywhere in the model. The search function to show where every piece of code is located in the model is also very useful. If I were to use this primarily for Manufacturing or Warehousing or anything more discrete then I would definitely consider using Witness.

Cons: Loading data from external sources and the ability to easily perform parallel processes. We primarily used the software for Healthcare and while their is a Healthcare component to Witness it is not as robust and easy to use as other software.

I was able to quickly learn and guide multi-million-dollar decisions based on WITNESS simulations.

Dec 14, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Intuitive graphical layout and connection, easy-to-edit object properties, parametric experimental design, statistical summary of results.

Cons: Graphics were intelligible but not beautiful.

Some features and tricks were not evident from the documentation, but fortunately I had an experienced mentor to help me when I got stuck or had questions.

Overall: Gained much more insight and confidence about the behavior of a dynamic system using simulation than I ever could have from a steady-state spreadsheet model.

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Great

Mar 27, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use software and I like the manufacturing package, the reports are clear to understand. I love the fact that I can use my Plant layout as a background for my models to run.

Cons: I don't like to use the tongle, maybe there is a way to use the software with the serial number only.

Overall: better planning of our paint system.

As a student, I find Witness a little bit tricky to use bec of having to program some functions

Mar 22, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: The drag and drop function because it makes visualizing easier and faster. Also how it is direct to the point

Cons: The coding part because there is little information on syntax and how to write it. Some may not even aware of it especially new users or non-programmers

Overall: Helped me visualize a manufacturing system better

I used WITNESS as Masters coursework in a project. It helped me simulate a solar cell manufacturing

Mar 29, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Help visualize and analyse the bottleneck in the system. Gives you the ability to code and design the system

Cons: Can make it more graphically more attractive. Can add a feature to show 3D visualization of the software.

Overall: Helped me in the Masters Project

Multiple options to operate

Mar 29, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: Flexibility for various scenarios where we can select various options depending on the situation we are working with.

Cons: Loading time to start the software can sometimes take too long and takes too much CPU usage while running it.

New software to experience, discover new methods to work.

Mar 26, 2018
3/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: Allow us to simulate the systems of our industries, is easy to see the problems of the process adding and taking off elements with out a cost.

Cons: Is complicated to understand it at first, is not as easy as it seems, as my point of view you need to practice this software to completely work professionally with it.

Overall: By now non, but I'm expecting to implemented on the process at my work, to understand in a easy way the inefficiency of it.

great intuitive tool

Dec 19, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: the visualization of the process is great, there is large and intuitive groups of features

Cons: need relatively high level of expertise to build a good model . the inputs& outpruts for the models could be more intuitive.. there are some places where you have to use some tricks to implement your requirements

Overall: it's allowed our organization to run predictions of usability and productivity with more professional approach, at a very early stage in the product