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Use pre-developed components to speed model building, improve quality and save money

Model objects are pre-built, self-contained, smart, model segments that can be plugged into your models in seconds and save you hours of modeling time. The same concept that manufacturers have used to build products can be used to assemble simulation models. Just as a PC manufacturer wouldn’t think of building a power supply each and every time they needed one, you shouldn’t have to build every aspect of a model from scratch. Many elements are common to all models. We have taken some of these common elements and turned them into Model Objects that can simply be copied and pasted into your model. All you have to do is copy, paste and connect what goes into the object and where the output from the object goes when it’s done.

Travis Healy, sales manager, said “Model objects help me to present the software to many different industries, because I can include concepts that I would never be able to model on my own. With model objects it is as simple as copy and paste.” See, it’s so simple even a salesman can do it!

Use the free objects already created, build your own corporate model objects or have a custom model object built by ProcessModel, Inc.

These Model Objects help you build models in a fraction of the time, they work correctly right “out of the box”, and they’re fun.

By default, you will find the model objects on your hard drive in the c:\program files\processmodel\5.2\modelobjects directory.

Model Objects Available for Download

ARRIVALS

  Arrivals Weekly
    Spreads arrivals over a week according to a distribution.
  Arrivals Monthly
    Spread arrivals over a one-month period to mimic end-of-month sales spikes.
  Arrivals Quarterly
    Spread arrivals over a three-month period to mimic end-of-quarter sales spikes.
  Arrivals Prior to Scheduled Arrival
    Allows for the planned arrival with the addition of a distribution of how early or late the entity (patient/customer/truck) arrives.
  Heart Beat of Arrivals Between 8 and 5
    Do you need to schedule entities to arrive on a set period but only during certain times of the day? This Model Object allows you to control the period between arrivals and the hours of the day that entities will arrive.
 

ROUTING LOGIC

  Learning Loop
    Recursive entries by the same entity results in a different probability of success.
  Conditional Routes
    Use attributes on the entity to determine the outcome of a decision. Many of these decisions can be combined to route an entity through an entire model. A relatively simple model can have thousands of parts, each with unique routing.
  Conditional Route Example
    An example for the model object above.
  Renege Routes
    Normal renege routes work well unless a resource is being used that is not available 100% of the time. Use this object when resources are attached to the activity for which the renege takes place.
  Alternating Route
    Sends entities to the next activity in turn. If the next activity is busy it looks at the next in turn.
     

ACTIVITY PROCESSING

  Decreasing Production Time
    The more people in line, the shorter the processing time.
  Setup Time
    A new simplified method for modeling set-up time for many different entities, with distinct setup times. The construct is smart enough to recognize that if the same entity arrives as the previous then no setup is needed. This model object is easy-to-use and yet powerful and simple.
  Percent of Time
    This model object should be used when you have an activity where the total time spent at an activity in not all "processing" time.
     

BATCHING/UNBATCHING

  End of Day Batching 1
    Used to create “short batches” or to close a batch even though the specified batch size was not reached. You may specify any time of the day (or multiple times during the day) to “take what you have” and move to the next activity.
  End of Day Batching 2
    Used to create a batch of the items remaining at the end of the day, even if the batch size is larger than the specified batch size.
  Batching for Multiple Entity Types
    Use this object to batch multiple entity types at a single activity. Each type of entity may have its own batch size.
     

RESOURCES

  Release Entity at the End of Shift
    This model object gives greater control on the release of a resource from working on an entity. Used especially for entities with long processing times (usually multiple shifts)
  Release Entity to Next Shift - 2 Shifts
    Allows work to be passed from one shift to another rather than having the same resource complete the work the following day.
  Release Entity to Next Shift - 3 Shifts
    Same as above but with three shifts that will share work.
  Changing Priorities
    In many process situations the priority for getting a resource changes throughout the day. The emphasis may switch based on time of day or other factors. The Changing Priorities model object allows you to quickly impellent a method of changing the work emphasis based on a variety of conditions.
  Multitasking
    This model simulates a resource"multitasking"within a single activity -- the resource works on one entity for awhile, then switches to another for awhile, and so on.
     

ASSEMBLY

  Assemble Different Subcomponents
    Gives each parent entity the ability to specify how many assemblies will be attached. For example, Type 1 requires 1 hard drive while Type 2 requires 2 hard drives, etc.
     

KANBAN SYSTEMS

  Kanban Model Object One
Kanban Model Object Two
Kanban Model Object Three - NOTE:  You will need to download all three of these before installing number one.
    A building block for Kanban systems. This object has several parts in the single model.
  Kanban Squares
    A simple Kanban square system.
     

DIGITAL CLOCKS

  Digital Clock
    Provides a simple digital clock to show the hour and minute of the day along with an AM/PM indicator. This is used because not everyone can quickly translate 542 hours into the hour of the day during the simulation. Black face plate with white numerals.
  Digital Clock and Day - Blue/White
    A more detailed digital clock with the hour and minute of the day and the day of the week. Blue face with white numerals.
  Digital Clock and Day - Black/Orange
    Same as above with a black face and Orange numerals.
  Digital Clock and Day - Gray/Black
    Same as above with a gray face and black numerals.
  Digital Clock and Day - White/Black
    Same as above with a white face and black numerals.
     

DASHBOARD COMPONENTS

  Dashboard for WIP - Meter
    This Dashboard object allows you to set levels for the display meter to change. This object is a tremendous asset during presentations to illustrate system status.
  Dashboard for WIP - Large Oval
    This Dashboard object allows you to set levels for the display oval to change color.
  Dashboard for WIP - Rounded Square
    This Dashboard object allows you to set levels for the display rounded square to change color.
  Dashboard for WIP - Square
    This Dashboard object allows you to set levels for the display square to change color.
     

LOGISTICS

  Five Docks
    Use this Model Object in a situation where you have five or fewer docks to receive and unload trucks. The object holds the truck until everything is unloaded, then allows the next truck to enter.
  Ten Docks
    Same as above, but for ten or fewer docks
  Fifteen Docks
    Same as above, but for fifteen or fewer docks
     

SPECIALTY

  Airport Bus System
    This Model Object consists of three parts: a terminal layer, a bus storage layer, and a bus stop layer that can be duplicated as many times as needed. With this object a detailed bus stop system could be developed in minutes.
  Airport Tram
    In any situation where you have a transport system with two trams or buses only two possible stops.
  Hour and Daily Trigger
    Use this model object when an event needs to be triggered at a specific hour of the day or day of the week timer is needed. This simple model can be used to trigger events or the collection of data at certain times during the week.
  Hold for Meeting
    Holds processing for required approval meetings. Meetings may take place daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly.
  Verify Distribution
    Use this model object to verify the return values you would get from a distribution. This object will not be pasted into the model but rather be used to check distribution for validity.

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Would you like an object created for you? Send and e-mail to support detailing the functionality needed and if we find it useful we may just produce it for you at no charge!

 

 

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