7.5 Summary

This chapter provided an introduction to the modeling of entity transfer. In particular, the use of resource constrained transfer, transporters, and conveyors from an modeling perspective were all discussed. Many of these concepts are especially useful in modeling manufacturing and distribution systems. The animation of entity transfer was also discussed through a number of embellishments to the test and repair model. While still somewhat crude, the animation concepts presented in this chapter are very effective for validating and selling an model to decision makers. With more time, effort, patience, and artistic skill you can easily create compelling animations for your simulations.

A large portion of the modeling concepts within Arena have now been covered. Thus, in the next chapter, we will apply a full range of modeling constructs to a realistic problem situation.