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NEW: Direct Read Sets

By Darrell Starks, Principal Engineer
Published: January 12, 2018

Now you can specify a data file and corresponding recordset to utilize direct read to define the set members property. Plus, you can now define resource sets using other resource sets. Darrell explains how this will expedite your analysis.

Our Experts on New Applications with Arena 15

By Darrell Starks, Principal Engineer
Published: April 4, 2017

Modeling high speed systems, such as canning and bottling lines, used to be a challenge using Discrete Event Simulation. Find out how Arena 15 is changing the game and allowing our users to solving bigger problems, faster, and more accurately.

Steady-state and Warmup

By Darrell Starks, Principal Engineer
Published: January 23, 2017

When running a simulation model, it's important to understand the type of system being modeled and what sort of warm-up period may be required to reach steady-state. In this Tips & Tricks article, Darrell discusses how to ensure that your model has reached steady-state before doing any sort of analysis of the results.

Skill-Based Routing Using Arena

By Darrell Starks, Principal Engineer
Published: January 23, 2017

According to Wikipedia, skill-based routing (SBR) is a call-assignment strategy used in call centers to assign incoming calls to the most suitable agent, instead of simply choosing the next available agent. However, many types of systems have aspects where skill-based routing should be considered – retail, quick service restaurant, and even manufacturing and maintenance systems can utilize the technique. Skill-based routing occurs anytime an entity needs to be directed to a resource with the most applicable skill sets or capabilities. In this fashion, entities can be processed by resources that can provide better service or faster completion of the task.

Transforming Strategic Models into Operational Models

By Darrell Starks, Principal Engineer
Published: January 23, 2017

What does it take to convert a strategic simulation model into an operational model? Darrell Starks describes the main steps that need to be taken and other considerations required to extend the value from your simulation efforts.

Creating an Emergency Department Workflow

By Darrell Starks, Principal Engineer
Published: January 23, 2017

In this video, we walk you through building an Emergency Department workflow in Arena.

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