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Gail Kenny

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Using Blocks to Model Sensors

By Gail Kenny, Simulation Consultant
Published: April 4, 2017

Do you have sensors on your conveyors? We thought so. Don't worry, we've got you covered! In this Tips & Tricks, Gail walks us through how to model sensors to control the discrete movement of entities.

Referencing Large Arrays with Sets, VAR and MEMBER

By Gail Kenny, Simulation Consultant
Published: January 23, 2017

When developing a model of a large system, you may have multiple large two-dimensional variable arrays that describe equipment parameters, facility characteristics, or other aspects of your system. Many times you can streamline your modeling effort by collecting these two-dimensional arrays under one “umbrella” and then pointing to the specific piece of information where needed in your logic.

Arena Packaging:  How Do I Model Pucks?

By Gail Kenny, Simulation Consultant
Published: January 23, 2017

Sometimes, a high speed packaging line must handle products that need to be stabilized during movement because of their size, shape, or spill potential. When this situation occurs, a common solution is to place the product into a puck, or carrier, during conveyance through the line operations. However, this can present a challenge to the modeler in exactly how to represent the introduction of empty pucks to the line, marrying the product with the puck, and de-pucking the product when complete. The following example discusses how to use pucks in a 1:1 relationship to product on a line.

Delivering on Promises

By Gail Kenny, Simulation Consultant
Published: January 23, 2017

Making a promise can be nerve-racking. How can you determine if your system can deliver what has been promised? How can you be confident that you can meet cost expectations as proposed? Can your system meet throughput requirements with the proposed changes to product flow? If you increase customer demand, how does this impact your staffing requirements? Gail Kenny shares 22 years' experience delivering on promises in this month’s Consulting Corner.

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