ARENA .. Cont… The Basic Process Panel
CH3:The Basic Process Panel Flowchart modules • Create module • Dispose module • Process module • Decide module
5. Batch module: • This module is the grouping mechanism within the simulation model. • Batches can be permanently or temporarily grouped. Temporary batches must later be split using the Separate module. • Entities arriving at the Batch module are placed in a queue until the required number of entities has accumulated. Once accumulated, a new representative entity is created.
Batch module cont. Typical uses: • Collect a number of parts before starting processing • Reassemble previously separated copies of a form • Bring together a patient and his record before commencing an appointment
6. Separate module: • This module can be used to either copy an incoming entity into multiple entities or to split a previously batched entity. • When splitting existing batches, the temporary representative entity that was formed is disposed and the original entities that formed the group are recovered. • The entities proceed sequentially from the module in the same order in which they originally were added to the batch.
Separate module cont. • When duplicating entities, the specified number of copies is made and sent from the module. Typical uses: • Send an order both to fulfillment and billing for parallel processing • Separate a previously batched set of documents
7. Assign module: Used for assigning new values to variables, entity attributes, entity types, entity pictures, or other system variables. Typical uses: • Change an entity’s type. • Establish a customer’s priority
8. Record module: • This module is used to collect statistics in the simulation model Typical uses: • Collect the number of jobs completed each hour • Count how many orders have been late being fulfilled • Record the time spent by priority customers in the main check-out line.
Data modules • Data modules are the set of objects in the spreadsheet view of the model that define the characteristics of various process elements, such as resources and queues.