Arena® :: Basic Plus Edition
The design and implementation of supplier, manufacturer, 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® simulation software helps protect your business by predicting the impact of new business ideas, rules, and strategies before implementation – o% ine, without causing disruptions in service.

When the life of your business is at stake, Arena helps in selecting the most bene" cial strategies, empowering you with the con" dence to “go live,” while avoiding unnecessary expenditures, optimizing investments, and strengthening customer relationships.

Leading organizations have come to rely on Arena to help them improve customer service, capitalize on new business opportunities, and maximize profits.

Arena has helped organizations around the world to:
  • Avoid costly mistakes caused by implementing decisions based solely on intuition.
  • Design processes to withstand the rigors and uncertainty of system randomness and variability.
  • Reveal hidden value and eliminate wasteful bottlenecks in existing implementations and internal processes.
  • Maximize customer relationships through exceptional service and delivery.


Advantages of Arena® Basic Plus Edition:
  • Easier-to-use flowchart modeling environment is the ideal way to quickly bring the power of modeling and simulation to business process improvement.
  • Designed for use throughout an enterprise for system analysis and planning.
  • Excellent flexible and scalable tool for improving business or manufacturing productivity.
  • Convenient spreadsheet interface to define data such as business variables, resources and schedules.
  • 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 Plus Edition:
Arena Basic Edition Plus is designed for use throughout an enterprise, supporting high-level business process analyses and analyses of processes that span several functional areas. This product is part of the extendible Arena product suite. Particularly powerful as an introductory solution where high-level business processes with animation and/or accounting for material-handling constructs are valuable. Arena offers the unparalleled ease-of-use, flexibility, scalability, and domain experience required for modeling any aspect of a business enterprise. Based upon the concepts of the SIMAN simulation language and the Cinema animation package, Arena uses a flowchart-style modeling methodology, hierarchical modeling, and an extensive graphical library to make Arena the world’s leading simulation system. Here is a brief summary of features found in Arena Basic Edition Plus:

Creating simulation models
  • Completely scalable, enterprise-wide modeling of your business – from simple to highly complex processes.
  • Intuitive ! owchart editor to describe processes.
  • Optional convenient spreadsheet data entry
  • Powerful modeling of expensive and critical constraints and resources such as staff, equipment, materialhandling devices and other investments.
  • Model virtually any material-handling scenario.
  • Hierarchical aggregation and decomposition to aggregate or expand system components.
  • Free library of nearly 300 tutorial models (SMARTS) to help you learn.

Viewing results and making decisions.
  • Comprehensive reporting capability through Crystal Reports®, including graphs publishable as HTML, Microsoft® Word, Excel, and more.
  • Automatic roll-up of statistics through process hierarchy so that you can view costs, times, and other information at the lowest level … and also see their accumulation in departments, workcenters, or entire facilities.
  • Detailed activity-based costing, custom statistics, and automatic confidence intervals.

Data integration and model customization.
  • Graphical editor to describe schedules associated with staff and equipment, as well as arrivals of customers, parts, or other system entities.
  • Input data analyzer that automatically " ts raw data to the best statistical distributions.
  • Generate custom user and data interfaces with Microsoft Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) and ActiveX® controls.
  • Customizable toolbars, context-sensitive menus, and online help.

Running simulations
  • Automatic ! owchart animation for dynamic visualization of process flows
  • Compelling system animation for presentations and system validation with a vast collection of customizable icons and dynamic business graphs.
  • Run-control features, including powerful debugging tools like graphical object browsers, watch windows, breakpoints, and more.
  • Easier distribution of models to others for viewing and experimenting.
  • Unlimited free corporate runtimes.
Benefits of Arena® Basic Edition:
Natural and consistent modeling methodology Many simulation software packages require users to learn and apply di# erent and confusing modeling methodologies, depending upon the complexity of the application. Arena utilizes a familiar, flowchart-style technique for model building – regardless of the detail of complexity of the application being modeled.

Extendible Arena’s standard, ! exible architecture allows the creation of custom interfaces and applications. As an enterprise matures in its use of simulation, Arena Basic Edition Plus provides a stepping stone to more advanced modeling requirements.

Scalable architecture Arena o# ers powerful simulation software in a natural,graphical interface. Designed to suit the needs of the beginner, yet powerful enough to satisfy the demands of the most advanced user, Arena adapts to both the application being modeled and the experience level of the user.

Open architecture To improve the value of simulation and its use of existing corporate information assets, Arena Basic Edition Plus allows embedded VBA for creating custom interfaces. ActiveX controls can be inserted into a model to enhance its UI or logic. Model logic and data can be transferred from Microsoft Visio® drawings using Arena’s Visio stencil.

Complete simulation project support Arena Basic Edition Plus provides a complete set of tools to support simulation project activities from start to finish, including statistical analysis of input data, animation to visualize how your process works and communicate system behavior to others, powerful debugging tools, output-analysis tools that help you statistically compare simulation run results to make decisions, and run-time capabilities to distribute your models to others for viewing or experimentation.
Tools of Arena® Basic Edition:
Basic Edition Plus consists of all the Tools listed in the Basic Edition (Basic Process Panel, Input Analyzer, and Arena Visual Designer) in addition to the Advanced Transfer Panel, which allows the capability of modeling movement of resources, materials and equipments.

Basic Process Panel

Advanced Transfer Panel

The Advanced Transfer Panel is used for Movement model building and consists of 17 flowchart modules and 8 data modules.



FLOWCHART MODULES:
GENERAL TRANSFARE:
Enter Module:
The Enter module defines a station (or a set of stations) corresponding to a physical or logical location where processing occurs. If the Enter module defines a station set, it is effectively defining multiple processing locations.

Leave Module:
The Leave module is used to transfer an entity to a station or module. An entity may be transferred in one of two ways: it can be transferred to a module that defines a station by referencing the station and routing, conveying, or transporting to that station or a graphical connection can be used to transfer an entity to another module.

When an entity arrives at a Leave module, it may wait to obtain a transfer device (resource, transporter, or conveyor). When the transfer device has been obtained, the entity may experience a loading delay. Finally, the entity is transferred from this module to a destination module or station.

Pick Station Module:
The Pick Station module allows an entity to select a particular station from the multiple stations specified. This module picks among the group of stations based on the selection logic defined with the module. The entity may then route, transport, convey or connect to the station specified. If the method chosen is connect, the selected station is assigned to an entity attribute.

Route Module:
The Route module transfers an entity to a specified station, or the next station in the station visitation sequence defined for the entity. A delay time to transfer to the next station may be defined.

Station Module:
The Station module defines a station (or a set of stations) corresponding to a physical or logical location where processing occurs. If the Station module defines a station set, it is effectively defining multiple processing locations.


CONVEYOR
Access Module
The Access module allocates one or more cells of a conveyor to an entity for movement from one station to another. Once the entity has control of the cells on the conveyor, it may then be conveyed to the next station.

Convey Module
The Convey module moves an entity on a conveyor from its current station location to a specified destination station.

The time delay to convey the entity from one station to the next is based on the velocity of the conveyor (specified in the Conveyor module) and the distance between the stations (specified in the Segment module).

Exit Module
The Exit module releases the entity’s cells on the specified conveyor. If another entity is waiting in queue for the conveyor at the same station when the cells are released, it will then access the conveyor.

Start Module
The Start module changes the status of a conveyor from inactive to active. The conveyor may have been deactivated from either the Stop module or by initially being set to inactive at the start of the simulation. The velocity of the conveyor may be changed permanently when the conveyor is started.

Stop Module
The Stop module sets the operational status of a conveyor to inactive. The conveyor may have been activated from either the Start module or by initially being set to active at the start of the simulation.


TRANSPORTER:
Activate Module
The Activate module increases the capacity of a previously halted transporter or a transporter that was initially inactive (as defined in the Transporter module). The transporter unit that is activated will reside at the station location at which it was halted until it is moved or requested by an entity.

Allocate Module
The Allocate module assigns a transporter to an entity without moving it to the entity’s station location. The entity then has control of the transporter to either move it to a particular location or to halt it for a breakdown or failure.

Free Module
The Free module releases the entity’s most recently allocated transporter unit. If another entity is waiting in a queue to request or allocate the transporter, the transporter will be given to that entity.

If there are no waiting entities at the time the transporter unit is freed, the transporter will wait idle at the freeing entity’s station location, unless otherwise specified in the Transporter module.

Halt Module
The Halt module changes the status of a transporter unit to inactive. If the transporter is currently busy at the time when an entity enters the Halt module, the status is considered busy and inactive until the entity that controls the transporter frees the unit. If the transporter is idle at the time when an entity halts the transporter, it is set to inactive immediately.

Move Module
The Move module advances a transporter from one location to another without moving the controlling entity to the destination station. The controlling entity remains at its current module location until the transporter arrives at its destination. At that time, the entity will be able to move to another module or task in the model.
Request Module
The Request module assigns a transporter unit to an entity and moves the unit to the entity’s location. A specific transporter unit may be specified or the selection may occur based on a rule.

Transport Module
The Transport module transfers the controlling entity to a destination station. After the time delay required for the transport, the entity reappears in the model at the Station module. Free path transporters are always moved to the same station destination as the entity. Guided transporters may be moved to a different network location than the entity’s station destination using the Guided Tran Destination Type.


DATA MODULES:
Activity Area Module
An Activity Area is an area that can be associated with one or more stations. These areas are used to collect statistics associated with a station. Each activity area may have an associated Parent Activity Area, which is used to define the hierarchy of the system modeled. Statistics are automatically rolled-up through the Activity Area hierarchy.

Conveyor Module
The Conveyor module allows the definition of either an accumulating or non accumulating conveyor for entity movement between stations.

Distance Module
The Distance module defines the distance between two stations in the distance set of a free-path transporter device. The beginning station, ending station, and distance are used to create the appropriate distance set, which is used during the simulation run by the transporter moving between the specified stations.

Network Module
The Network module defines a system map that a set of guided transporters will follow. A network encompasses the set of links specified in its Network Links repeat group. The parameters of a network link (e.g., length, intersections, directions) are defined in the Network Link module.

Network Link Module
The Network Link module defines the characteristics of a guided transporter path between an intersection pair Beginning Intersection Name and Ending Intersection Name. The Network module then references a set of network links to define a network that guides transporters follow for movement.

Segment Module
The Segment module defines the segments that make up the path of the conveyor. A conveyor path is represented as a series of connected segments where each segment is a directed link between two stations. The conveyor path is defined by a beginning station and a set of next station-distance pairs. Beginning Station is the beginning station number or name, and Next Station defines the next station name that is Length distance units from the previously defined station. Length must be specified in integer distance units (feet, meters, etc.). The actual unit of measure does not matter as long you use consistent units in the SEGMENTS and CONVEYORS modules. If Length is not an integer, scale the units, try different units, or round the distance.

Sequence Module
The Sequence module is used to define a sequence for entity flow through the model. A sequence consists of an ordered list of stations that an entity will visit. For each station in the visitation sequence, attributes and variables may be assigned values in the Sequence module.

Transporter Module
The Transporter module allows the definition of a free path or guided transporter device for entity movement from one location to another. Free-path transporters move freely between stations and are not influenced by other transporter traffic. The Distance module specifies the distances between stations. Guided transporters, on the other hand, are restricted to run on fixed paths such as tracks or rails. Movement may be affected by traffic congestion from other vehicles. Guided transporters travel on networks defined using the Network and Network Link modules.

Input Analyzer: The Input Analyzer is provided as a standard component of the Arena environment. This powerful and versatile tool can be used to determine the quality of fit of probability distribution functions to input data. It may also be used to fit specific distribution functions to a data file to allow you to compare distribution functions or to display the effects of changes in parameters for the same distribution. In addition, the Input Analyzer can generate sets of random data that can then be analyzed using the software’s distribution-fitting features.

Output Analyzer: The Output Analyzer component of Arena provides an easy-to-use interface that simplifies data analysis and allows you to view and analyze your data quickly and easily.

Process Analyzer: The Process Analyzer (PAN) assists in the evaluation of alternatives presented by the execution of different simulation model scenarios. This is useful to simulation model developers, as well as decision-makers (who are often not intimately familiar with the model, but are familiar with the solution the simulation model is addressing).

The Process Analyzer is focused at post-model development comparison of models. At this stage, the simulation model is assumed to be complete, validated, and configured appropriately for use by the Process Analyzer. The role of the Process Analyzer then is to allow for comparison of the outputs from validated models based on different model inputs.

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 create 3D animations. Visual Designer allows you to have the 3D animation and the business graphics visible simultaneously for more professional presentations.

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.
Add-On Options of Arena® Basic Edition:
OptQuest for Arena
OptQuest for Arena lets you define various system inputs (controls and constraints) and desired system outputs (objective functions) and guides the selection of sets of input values (scenarios). OptQuest then thoroughly evaluates each scenario and dynamically selects and evaluates new scenarios in search of the optimum.

The separation of the model that represents the system and the procedure that solves optimization problems provide maximum efficiency in identifying new scenarios.

The combination of efficiency in search methods and the power of Arena provides the best solution in the least time.

Arena Packaging Template
The Arena Packaging Template is effiective when analyzing high-speed manufacturing packaging lines and conveyor systems that are fundamental to the manufacturing processes of industries such as food and beverage, pharmaceutical, tobacco, chemical, electronics, and health and beauty. It is helpful in predicting and validating overall line performance, operational and strategic line design issues (such as investing in new machines, designing sensor logic, and conveyor operations), and troubleshooting existing packaging lines.
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