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Arena 15.1 Feature

Posted by Rob Kranz on Jan 12, 2018 9:22:00 PM
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Why Arena 15.1?

  • New SIMAN Blocks for our best in class SIMAN engine
  • Reduce modules required for complex systems makes model building faster
  • Interface flexibility enhanced with New Direct Reads
  • New Debugging Variables
  • Windows 10 Support

What's New?

Windows 10 Support

Arena officially supports the Windows 10 operating system.

New Scoreboard Animation

A new Scoreboard Status Display has been added to the “Animate” toolbar.  This animation object control can be used to display model variables and expressions similar to a spreadsheet. Cell contents can display descriptive text or the current value of a model variable or expression.

A new smart illustrating the creation of a Socreboard animation has been added.  To access this file from Arena, use the File menu, select “Browse SMARTS….” And select the model located in the Animation folder:  Animation Arena Scoreboard.doe

New Modules

The New Modules in Arena 15.1 can reduce model build time by hours/days. Learn how from our Consulting Manager, Nancy Zupick.

  • Gather Module is a new SIMAN Block and a great improvement to the Arena SIMAN Engine.
    • Gather Module is used when an entity requires one or more units of any one or more members of a resource set of interchangeable resources.  Unlike the SEIZE module, GATHER allows an entity to seize units from multiple members of a specified resource set.  
    • Gather Module allows the user to seize a minimum of X resources and up to a maximum of Y resources to perform a specific task.
    • Gather Module allows the user to vary the process time dependant on the number of resources gathered.
  • Disperse Module is used when an entity is ready to release some or all of the units of the resource set members that were seized using a GATHER module.  
A new SMART describing the use of the new Gather and Disperse modules has been added.  To access this file from Arena, use the File menu, select “Browse SMARTS….” And select the model located in the Advanced Concept folder:  Advanced Concept GatherDisperse.doe. 

Visual Designer Updates

Google Sketchup Support!

Visual Designer 64 bit has been updated to support newer .skp files (SketchUp 2017).  Visual Designer 32 bit does not support newer .skp files (SketchUp 2017).  32 bit Visual Designer will continue to support Sketchup 2016. 

Note that Visual Designer files that are created with 64 bit Visual Designer and contain a new 2017 Sketchup static object will fail to load the object in the scene with 32 bit Visual Designer.

Enhanced Functionalities

The enhanced functionality in Arena 15.1 unleashes a new level of modeling in Arena.

  • Set Data Modules has been improved to enable the user to define resource sets using other resource sets. Create hierarchy in sets of resources to reduce the time and modules necessary to manage complex sets.Arena 15.1 Resource Set.png
  • Direct Read improvements increases model interface capability.  In addition to the current direct read functionalities, users can now directly import data from Excel and other external files to the following properties.

    • Set
    • Advanced Set
    • Conveyor
    • Segment
    • Schedule Data Modules 
  • ReadWrite Module was enhanced in the release of Arena 15.  In 15.1 we've include two additional format options.  Real decimal (%f) and real scientific notation (%e) have been added to the existing options of real( %g), integer (%i) and string (%s).

New Functionality

  • “ExcelDatetoBaseTime” function converts the Excel date serial number to base time units in Arena.  You can import Excel dates into Arena and work with them without prior data processing.

    Let’s assume a user has a model with the following replication parameters: 

                                                   Beginning Time = 0.0

                                                   Simulation Start Date = July 2, 2019 12:00:00 AM

                                                   Hours Per Day = 8

                                                   Base Time Units = Hours

                                                   ExcelDatetoBaseTime(36771) = 496 

          36771 is Sept 2, 2019.  This is 62 days after the simulation start date.  Since the base time units are in hours and there are 8 hours per day, the calculation would be 62 * 8 = 496

    New Debugging Variables
        Use these new variables to identify errors such as 'Attempt to Release a Non-Busy Resource.'
  • LESR (Resource ID) - The Last Entity to Seize/Gather a Resource 

    This variable returns the entity number of the last entity that seized/gathered one or more units of the specified resource.  LESR is not user-assignable.  It returns an integer value.  LESR will return 0 if the resource has never been seized/gathered.

  • LERR (Resource ID) -  The Last Entity to Release/Disperse a Resource 

    This variable returns the entity number of the last entity that released/dispersed one or more units of the specified resource.  LERR is not user-assignable.  It returns an integer value.  LERR will return 0 if the resource has never been released/dispersed.

Retired Items

As Arena evolves and as technology dictates, obsolete or little-used features will be removed from Arena. This involves thorough evaluation of how the proposed changes may affect our customers and whether alternatives within Arena are available. This will provide us greater flexibility in the development process and allows us to develop necessary enhancements. The following items will be retired from Arena in current and future releases:

SymbolFactory ActiveX Control

Arena no longer supports the SymbolFactory ActiveX control.  Remove the use of the ActiveX control from any models before migrating your models to Arena 15.0. 

Microsoft JET Database Engine

Arena no longer installs the Microsoft JET Database engine.  Arena now uses the Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010 for connectivity to Excel, Access, etc.  You need to update any Provider strings that currently use the JET provider.  Change Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0" to "Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0" in order to connect to the data source you require.

Windows XP Support

Arena will no longer be supported on the Windows XP platform.


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