Arena® :: Basic Edition
The design and implementation of supplier, manufacturing, customer, and internal organizational processes all have a critical impact on the bottom line – and your ability to stay competitive. Poorly planned implementations can have disastrous e" ects, resulting in frustrated customers, lost business, and sinking pro# ts. Arena® Basic Edition simulation software protects your business by predicting the impact of new business ideas, rules, and strategies before implementation – o% ine, without causing disruptions in service.

Advantages of Arena® Basic Edition:
  • Designed primarily for newcomers to simulation or as an extension to those who use flowcharting packages to document business processes.
  • Excellent tool for improving business or manufacturing productivity.
  • Helps you predict system performance based on key metrics such as costs, throughput, cycle times and utilizations.
  • Assists in identifying process bottlenecks.
  • Useful in planning staff, equipment or material requirements.
Features of Arena® Basic Edition:
  • Easier-to-use flowchart modeling environment to describe process flow.
  • Convenient spreadsheet interface to define data such as business variables, resources, and schedules.
  • Hierarchical aggregation and decomposition to aggregate or expand system components.
  • Animate your entity and resource animation with the full library of pictures included in Arena symbol factory.
  • Detailed activity-based costing.
  • Input data analyzer that automatically fits raw data to the best statistical distributions.
  • Reuse of existing knowledge and data through built-in spreadsheet and interface to standard databases such as Microsoft® Excel and Access.
  • Includes new business graphic dashboards for professional presentations.
  • Customizable toolbars, context- sensitive menus, and online help watch windows, breakpoints, and more.
  • Easier distribution of models to others for viewing and experimenting.
  • Comprehensive reporting capability through Crystal Reports®, including graphs publishable as HTML, Microsoft® Word, Excel, and more.
  • Free library of nearly 300 tutorial models (SMARTS) to help you learn.
  • Models and knowledge easily extended into other Arena packages including Arena Basic Edition Plus, Arena Standard Edition, and Arena Professional Edition platforms.
Benefits of Arena® Basic Edition:
Arena Basic Edition is a tool for analysis of business, manufacturing, and supply-chain processes. Designed for business consultants and business analysts, it can also be widely deployed as a desktop tool and serve as a natural extension to those who use various flowcharting packages such as Microsoft® Visio® to document business processes.

It is particularly useful in:
  • Documenting, animating, and demonstrating the variability and dynamics of a process map such as those done in Visio or other static drawing packages.
  • Analyzing business processes typically related to customer or paperwork handling, front- and back-office procedures in insurance, finance, or banking industries.
  • Analyzing high-level manufacturing process flows, where detailed material handling is not essential.
Tools of Arena® Basic Edition:
Basic Process Panel The Basic Process Panel is used for model building and consists of 8 flowchart modules and 7 data modules:



FLOWCHART MODULES:
Assign module:
This module is used for assigning new values to variables, entity attributes, entity types, entity pictures, or other system variables. Multiple assignments can be made with a single Assign module.

Batch module:
This module is intended as the grouping mechanism within the simulation model. Batches of entities can be permanently or temporarily grouped.

Create module:
This module is intended as the starting point for entities in a simulation model. Entities are created using a schedule or based on a time between arrivals. Entities then leave the module to begin processing through the system. The entity type is specified in this module.

Decide module:
This module allows for decision-making processes in the system. It includes options to make decisions based on one or more conditions (e.g., if entity type is Gold Card) or based on one or more probabilities (e.g., 75% true; 25% false). Conditions can be based on attribute values (e.g., Priority), variable values (e.g., Number Denied), the entity type, or an expression (e.g., NQ (ProcessA.Queue)).

Dispose module:
This module is intended as the ending point for entities in a simulation model. Entity statistics may be recorded before the entity is disposed.

Process module:
This module is intended as the main processing method in the simulation. Options for seizing and releasing resource constraints are available. Additionally, there is the option to use a "submodel" and specify hierarchical user-defined logic. The process time is allocated to the entity and may be considered to be value added, non-value added, transfer, wait or other. The associated cost will be added to the appropriate category.

Record module:
This module is used to collect statistics in the simulation model. Various types of observational statistics are available, including time between exits through the module, entity statistics (time, costing, etc.), general observations, and interval statistics (from some time stamp to the current simulation time). A count type of statistic is available as well. Tally and Counter sets can also be specified.

Separate module:
This module can be used to either copy an incoming entity into multiple entities or to split a previously batched entity. Rules for allocating costs and times to the duplicate are specified. Rules for attribute assignment to member entities are specified as well.

DATA MODULES:
Attribute module:
This data module is used to define an entity attribute’s type, dimensions, and initial value.

Entity module:
This data module defines the various entity types and their initial picture values in a simulation. Initial costing information and holding costs are also defined for the entity.

Queue module:
This data module defines the queues in the simulation system. You can use it to change the ranking rule for a specified queue. The default ranking rule for all queues is First In, First Out unless otherwise specified in this module. There is an additional field that allows the queue to be defined as shared (not available in Arena Basic Edition).

Resource module:
This data module defines the resources in the simulation system, including costing information and resource availability. Resources may have a fixed capacity that does not vary over the simulation run or may operate based on a schedule. Resource failures and states can also be referenced in this module for use with the Advanced Process and Advanced Transfer Panel (not available in Arena Basic Edition).

Schedule module:
Use this data module in conjunction with the Resource module to define an operating schedule for a resource or with the Create module to define an arrival schedule. You can also use a schedule to factor time delays based on the simulation time.

Set module:
This data module defines various types of sets, including resource, counter, tally, entity type and entity picture. Resource sets can be used in the Process (and Seize, Release, Enter and Leave of the Advanced Process and Advanced Transfer panels) modules. Counter and Tally sets can be used in the Record module. Queue sets can be used with the Seize, Hold, Access, Request, Leave and Allocate modules of the Advanced Process and Advanced Transfer panels.

Variable module:
` This data module is used to define a variable’s dimensions and values. You can reference variables in other modules (for example, the Decide module), reassign new values to variables with the Assign module, and use variables in any expression.

Visual Designer of Arena® Basic Edition:
Arena Visual Designer is the new visualization application inside Arena. This new tool lets you design advanced business graphic reporting quickly and easily. Dashboards allow you to have the animation and the business graphics visible simultaneously for more professional presentations. In Visual Designer, Dashboards offer:
  • Intuitive drag-and-drop environment to build dashboards quickly and easily.
  • Greater flexibility and visual control of your models.
  • Use of common charting controls to communicate your simulation results.
  • The ability to take advantage of charting with Microsoft .NET 4.0 framework.
  • Unlimited dashboard functionality.
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