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Saving a Package Streamlines Process Simulation

A ProcessModel package is invaluable during the creation of a process simulation. Packages are important because they contain all information for your process improvement project in a neat package. It is kind of like putting all the files associated with your project in a box. It is easy to store, easy to move and easy to give to someone else. Because all of the files are in the “box” it’s difficult for pieces to get lost or separated. And the boxes are easy to store, track  and secure in our online “warehouse,” process manager.

Process Simulation Package Automated

OK, model packages are important, what is the problem? In the past versions the creation of a package could be skipped because it was a manual step. After a file was saved you had the option to create a package, but some people didn’t. To be honest, it wasn’t just the customer for which this caused problems. The option allowing packaging to be skipped was bad for everyone, because it caused confusion and delays in transferring the correct information.

Process simulation files saved as .spg.

Process simulation files saved as .spg.

Now, every time you save a model the only file you see is the model package. There is just one file type. When you open a model you will just see one file type.

What about compatibility?

Update: This is no longer the latest version of ProcessModel, see the changelog for information on the latest software.

All files created in version 5.5 will work in 5.3, and all files created in version 5.3 will load seamlessly into version 5.5.

Error messages and dialogs automatically protect your process simulation files so that newer files won’t be overwritten. Automatic backups provide peace of mind during the creation a detailed process improvement project.

Hierarchical models are protected when making the new packages in version 5.5. All of the process simulation files are identified and securely saved in the new model package.

All of the new model objects use this same file extension so that you can quickly assemble pre-built segments of your model. Once again, because the file types are all compatible there is greater ease in understanding and manipulating the files for your models.

I hope you enjoy these new features designed to make your process simulation project go together faster, easier and with greater confidence.

About the Author:

Scott Baird has been president of ProcessModel for more than 15 years. His focus has been to teach others how to improve processes dramatically. He has been successful in transferring these skills to over 200 companies, including ESPN, NASA, GE, Nationwide, Cendant, SSA and many more. Specialties: Group facilitation for process improvement, process design and simulation, simulation modeling, business management and training others to see opportunities. Scott loves to teach process improvement and has often been heard to say, “Of all the things I do, training others to improve processes is my favorite.” Scott is a father of four and a grandfather of eight. He is an avid woodworker, designing and creating presentation boxes. In his spare time, he volunteers in a college preparation program.


  1. Stewart Lamb December 17, 2014 at 1:12 PM - Reply

    Scott, we enjoy these new features designed to make our process simulation projects go together faster and easier. The updates are appreciated.

    • Scott Baird December 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM - Reply

      Stewart, thanks for the comment. I am looking forward to having you in the train the trainer program.

  2. Edwin Sanchez December 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM - Reply

    Scott, I found that it’s probably one of the better solutions out there for really being able to implement models if you don’t have extensive coding background.

    • Scott Baird December 19, 2014 at 9:59 AM - Reply

      Edwin, thanks for the comment. We have found that most people can model without any use of the built-in language. It is always comforting to know that you can drop into simple coding if needed.

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