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Using Blocks to Model Sensors

Posted by Gail Kenny on Apr 4, 2017 9:53:00 PM

Arena allows you to define conveyor operation as a fixed path for material movement with pre-defined entry and exit points using the modules on the Advanced Transfer panel. Each entity to be conveyed must wait for sufficient space on the conveyor in order to gain entry and start transferring. When the entity reaches the end of the conveyor, the conveyor is disengaged until the entity is removed from the conveyor or conveyed to another station.

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Packaging

Our Experts on New Applications with Arena 15

Posted by Darrell Starks on Apr 4, 2017 9:52:00 PM

Arena is innovating simulation of high speed systems.  We’re solving bigger problems, faster, and more accurately to help our customers remain competitive in their fast paced business.

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Topics: Features, Packaging, Consultant's Corner, Food & Beverage

Improvement of Food Sortation System Performance Using Arena® Packaging Optimization

Posted by Arena Simulation Case Study on Apr 4, 2017 9:51:00 PM

The Challenge

Funnel pies from a wide conveyor belt into a single file line, without colliding.

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Developing Solutions for Tomorrow’s Problems

Posted by Steve Blatney on Apr 4, 2017 9:49:00 PM

One of the best things about my job is that I get to work with many different companies in various industries across the globe. I’ve had the opportunity to tour a tire manufacturing plant in Korea, go down (under) mines in Australia, get a behind the scenes look at a Life Sciences facility in China, help healthcare organizations improve patient quality of life from the US to Hong Kong, and learn the inner workings of a national supply chain for live hogs here in the U.S. (yeah, it’s complex, it’s fascinating, and I wrote about it here).

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Here Are the Next 3 Industrial Engineers You Should Be Looking To Hire

Posted by Nancy Zupick on Jan 31, 2017 9:59:00 PM

70 Teams around the globe compted for this honor.

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Six Things You Need To Know About Arena v15

Posted by Steve Blatney on Jan 27, 2017 10:10:00 PM

The response to our release of Arena v15 is astounding.  Users with 20+ years of experience have expressed their excitement to reduce modeling time by days/weeks, and new users are diving into more complex problems more quickly.  What’s all the fuss about?  We share 6 Things You Need to Know about Arena v15 below. 

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Topics: Features, Tips & Tricks

4 Keys for Every Project

Posted by Melanie Barker on Jan 27, 2017 10:00:00 PM

(that no one wants to talk about)

While the technical approach to creating a simulation project is documented and widely understood, there are very important aspects of the process that are not often discussed but which are critical to the success of the project.  Nancy Zupick and Melanie Barker, two of our expert engineers, share four key elements in this post that are imperative to conducting an effective simulation study and how they impact the progress of the study.  If you’d like to read the all of Nancy and Melanie’s thoughts on this topic, download the white paper linked below. 

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Arena A to Z -- B

Posted by Nancy Zupick on Jan 23, 2017 11:15:00 PM

Welcome back to the Arena A to Z column! This month it’s time to cover B, so we’re going to go over Boolean expressions. Boolean expressions are logical statements, such as 2 + 2 == 4, which can be evaluated as either true or false. Within the statements, AND (&&) and OR (||) can be used to build more complex expressions. With the statements built, a truth table like the one below can be developed to understand the potential results of the expressions. 

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Changing Attribute Values in a Queue or Group

Posted by Melanie Barker on Jan 23, 2017 11:05:00 PM

Welcome to the Arena Tips and Tricks column! We’ll be using this section of the newsletter to highlight features of Arena that we want to call to your attention – either they may not be as well known, or they’re very valuable and deserve a second glance. For our first column, we’ll be starting with the A() Variable.

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Topics: Tips & Tricks

When Good Projects Go Bad

Posted by Jon Santavy on Jan 23, 2017 11:04:00 PM

So how does a good simulation project go bad? We will address some of the most common issues we have encountered in simulation projects across a wide range of industries.

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