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6 The Flow Process Panel

6 The Flow Process Panel To meet high-volume production requirements, manufacturing operations in the consumer packaged goods industry usually involve semi-continuous batch processing and/or high-speed packaging operations. While some of these operations can be modeled using discrete approximations, often a better approach is required. The Arena Flow Process template is one of a family of application solution templates (ASTs) built on the Arena simulation system. The flowchart and spreadsheet data modules in the Flow Process panel were designed specifically to model combined discrete-continuous systems (for example, batch processing and material flow). If a system contains semi-continuous batch processes as well as high-speed packaging or filling operations, then it may be desirable to use modules from the Flow Process template with those from the Packaging template. The Flow Process panel is accessible to licensed editions of Professional Edition. Flowchart modules Flowchart modules are the set of objects that are placed in the model window to describe the simulation process. Tank module DESCRIPTION The Tank module defines a location where material is held or stored. The Capacity is the maximum quantity that may be stored in the tank. The Initial Level is the quantity in the tank at the beginning of the simulation or when the system is cleared. The Regulators repeat group specifies a list of devices that may be used to add or remove material from the tank (for example, valves or pumps) at a specified rate. Semi-continuous flow operations may then be executed by discrete entities using the regulators from the Flow module. If a system contains both semi-continuous batch processes as well as high-speed packaging or filling operations, then it may be desirable to use the Flow Process panel with the Arena Packaging template. Enable the Packaging Input Connection 109

GETTING STARTED WITH ARENA and/or Packaging Output Connection options to connect a Flow Process Tank graphically to a Valve or Machine module in the Packaging panel. When an Arena model (that is, .doe file) is run, the simulation results are stored in a Microsoft Access database (.mdb) file by the same name (for example, the simulation results for Banking.doe are stored in Banking.mdb). If statistics collection for all tanks is enabled in the Project Parameters dialog box AND Report Statistics is checked for an individual tank module, then Arena will automatically create, collect, and report statistics for that tank. TYPICAL USES • Defines a location or holding area where bulk material is stored • Defines a tank or vat holding liquids where the regulator represents a valve • Defines a fluid-like material storage vessel where the regulator represents a gate valve • Defines a bulk storage area or pile where the regulator represents a piler/reclaimer PROMPTS Prompt Name Capacity Initial Level Regulator Name Maximum Rate Units Packaging Input Connection Packaging Output Connection Animation Report Statistics Description The tank’s identifier. The tank’s capacity. The quantity in the tank at the start of the simulation. Specifies a device that is used to add to or remove material from the tank (for example, a valve name). The initial maximum rate for the regulator. Time units of maximum rate. Specifies whether the tank is connected to and allows input flow from a Valve module in the Packaging panel. Specifies whether the tank is connected to and allows output flow to a Valve or Machine module in the Packaging panel. The Machine Type for the Machine module must be Filling Machine. Specifies whether to display default animation of the tank’s level and net rate. Specifies whether to report statistics on the tank. 110

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