A Short Introduction to Arena

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A short introduction to the Arena simulation software
Version 1.0

dr. Kees Jan Roodbergen dr. Iris F.A. Vis
© 2007

©2007, K.J. Roodbergen and I.F.A. Vis All rights reserved. No part of this publication or the related models may be reproduced in any form or by any means without prior permission of the authors.

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Contents
1 2 Introduction ................................................................................................................ 6 Terminology ............................................................................................................... 7 2.1 Basic concepts ................................................................................................... 7 2.2 Parts of a simulation model ............................................................................... 8 3 Some practical issues concerning Arena .................................................................... 9 3.1 Installing Arena on your computer .................................................................... 9 3.2 Giving names ..................................................................................................... 9 3.3 Help-function..................................................................................................... 9 3.4 Animation .......................................................................................................... 9 3.5 Debugging ......................................................................................................... 9 Part I: Basic modelling and running ............................................................................. 10 4 Beginner’s steps ....................................................................................................... 11 4.1 Create module ................................................................................................. 12 4.2 Process module................................................................................................ 13 4.3 Resource animation button .............................................................................. 15 4.4 Dispose module ............................................................................................... 17 5 Running your basic model........................................................................................ 18 5.1 Running ........................................................................................................... 18 5.2 Run Set-up ....................................................................................................... 18 5.3 Base Time Units .............................................................................................. 20 5.4 Running: Some other Arena Issues.................................................................. 21 6 Keeping track of default performance measures ...................................................... 22 6.1 Utilisation ........................................................................................................ 23 7 Animation - Entity Pictures ...................................................................................... 24 7.1 Entity Pictures entering via “create”................................................................ 24 7.2 Changing Entity Pictures elsewhere in your model......................................... 24 7.3 Making your own pictures ............................................................................... 25 8 Basic processes extended - Decide module.............................................................. 26 8.1 Create multiple paths while using probabilities............................................... 27 9 Failures and Schedules ............................................................................................. 28 9.1 Resource Failure .............................................................................................. 28 9.2 Schedules for resources...
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