Kennismaking met Arena.
Report 97.3.LT.4961, Transport Technology, Logistic Engineering.
Systems Modeling Corporation recently presented Arena 3.0, a new version of the
simulation software with more applications, especially due to VBA (Visual Basic
for Applications). This software was not used in the section Logistical
Engineering, so Arena had to been introduced in the research activities of the
Logistics Engineering section.
A good way to try out Arena is building a well-known model, the
terminal-model. While only an evaluation version of Arena was available, the
model was split up into two parts, a quay-model and a stack-model.
The quay-model is (deliberately) not built according to reality, which as a
matter of fact is quite well possible, but illustrates other possiblities
of Arena. The stack-model is built with assistance of VBA and clearly VBA
is an essential supplement for modelling a stack. The model of the stack
is heavily simplified as far as the animation is concerned because of the
limitations of Arena.
AGV's (Automatic Guided Vehicle) and other carriers can be modelled simply and
Arena has lots of integrated simulation-related functions, such as
input/output data analysis, with Arena or with other applications. Also
detailed animations can be created, so the validity of the model can
be checked easily.
The online-help function is useful up to a certain level, but is absolutely
insufficient when using VBA. The "Arena User's Guide" does not give any
information on a specific subject, but develops an understanding of how
Arena works. The SMART-files are excellent tools for understanding the use
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