Bewertet am 8.4.2019
Using Arena as a student user
Vorteile: User-friendly environment and individual control on the output.
Bewertet am 23.8.2019
Highly useful process modeler and simulator
Kommentare: Perfect for both students learning Monte Carlo discrete-event simulation or for those in industry practicing the technique on behalf of their business.
Vorteile: Arena provides everything needed to simulate a process in any domain. It is very intuitive for systems engineers or those with a sophisticated level of business process modeling experience but could even be learned by those without formal training, with some patience. The possibilities are limitless.
Nachteile: Animation is not the software's strong point and was improved upon in the subsequent product, Simio. Perfectionists will have a nightmare of a time making their lines from one block to another straight--fix one, and you've inevitably caused a staggered line somewhere else. The automatic tools for organizing the UI sometimes miss the mark and caused many crossed lines. Fortunately all of these are UI level complaints--the process modeling engine is great!
Bewertet am 23.12.2019
Ali kaan K.
Kommentare: It is good.
Vorteile: It is very easy to use and understand the features.
Nachteile: It can not handle some specific cases in simulation.
Bewertet am 1.8.2019
Simulation for beginners
Kommentare: Arena is one of the simulation software I have ever use, regardless of the complexity of the model, the chances of getting something wrong are very slim as it is straight forward
Vorteile: Arena is a very good simulation software for beginners
Nachteile: It doesn't show all the details as expected from the simulation software
Bewertet am 21.3.2018
Excellent programming language, with great flexibility.
I have used it in my professional field, simulating the entrances and exits of ships in port terminals, and from the academic point of view as a teacher, making simulations of manufacturing processes and inventory management.
This wide range of uses is only allowed by software with the flexibility that Arena has.
What most strikes me is that it combines all the facilities of a high-level program, with the flexibility of a general programming language, which is achieved through the interchangeable templates it has, which in turn have modules for the modeling and analysis of graphic simulation.
This flexibility at the time of modeling is associated with the completely hierarchical structure that Arena has.
Nachteile: As with any mathematical model: it is a powerful tool that in good hands can be very useful, but in the wrong hands can be very dangerous. This software allows through sensitivity analyzes that simulate, make decisions, which are based only on the simulated scenarios, can be very risky, if the model that has been raised has not been validated with real data and statistics.
Bewertet am 15.1.2020
Confusing, Tough Learning Curve
Kommentare: Though a neat idea, Arena is outdated and does not offer adequate support. More recently created simulation softwares are far more worth the time and money.
Vorteile: After a few months using the software, I could confidently simulate a process for a class. This lent practical experience to the theory that I have used in other queuing classes.
Nachteile: Arena is difficult to use. As a new user of the software, it took forever to learn how to use each block and element. Some of the blocks have dependencies on other blocks or elements that I didn't realize, so it left me going in circles for hours, only to realize I had a simple 15-second fix to let my simulation run. There is also not adequate support online: the only help I found was a hard-to-understand user manual, or various university PowerPoints from the early 2000's that I had to sift through.
Bewertet am 4.4.2019
Amazing simulation tool
Kommentare: Amazing! I utilized this software for 6+ month for university coursework. It is intuitive to learn and has a long list of capabilities.
Vorteile: I used this software as a tool in upper level university coursework. We utilized many tools from input analyzer to modeling complex stochastic systems. We collected real world data and created models of systems; it was a concrete way to symbolize systems of interest for experimentation. As an engineer, it was fascinating to work with and it is a tool that can be utilized in a wide variety of applications. Definitely recommend.
Nachteile: Very communicative despite not being "pretty". Takes a lot of customization and time to make graphics "pretty" and doesn't necessarily add to the function.
Bewertet am 7.8.2018
Useful models -- from very simple to very complex
Vorteile: I love being able to animate the simulations that I create in Arena. Running the numbers is one thing, but being able to present the results in animated form the business stake holders is even better. It really helps get the non-technical folks on board with the simulation and helps them understand the results. Animation in Arena is easy and I never want to create another simulation without animation.
Nachteile: Sometimes it is hard to find answers to questions you have about Arena. The documentation that comes with the software is helpful, but it is limited. I have not been able to find a great website online for Arena support. For more popular software there is tons of help to be found online, but I guess Arena doesn't have a large enough user-base to have an active support community.
Bewertet am 13.8.2018
A powerful discrete simulation software
Jose miguel F.
Kommentare: I used this software to modelate service operations like banks and workshops.
Vorteile: Arena is an intituive modeling software that allows you to simulate service and production systems, graphic enviroment is easy to follow.
Nachteile: Software input analyzer can be better, model´s graphics animation should be easier top set.
Bewertet am 23.4.2018
I used Arena when I was taking a graduate course in simulation.
Kommentare: Arena helped me to learn discrete event simulaion.
Vorteile: Arena is a classic discrete event simulation software and very powerful. At least one textbook is written based on Arena.
Nachteile: I wish Arena has more vivid animation like Simio and Flexisim. It would be very useful to communite with non-technical people.
Bewertet am 15.8.2017
My students were using arena for simulation modeling and analysis for hospital projects.
Kommentare: The software is capable of building a computer simulation model that mimics a complex and dynamic system such as healthcare system, which helps provide analytical recommendations and solutions for decision makers. The software helps my students to get their projects done with analytical results.
Vorteile: The software is easy to use and easy to make logic models for care delivery processes and patient flows in hospital units such as emergency department, medical/surgical unit.
Nachteile: The software's input analyzer needs improvement over the fitness test of distributions from the data points.
Antwort des Softwareanbieters
von Rockwell Automation an 15.8.2017
Thank you for teaching Arena at Northern Illinois Professor Chen!
Bewertet am 29.1.2019
One of the top applications for process simulations
Vorteile: I have worked with various Rockwell Automation softwares and this is a very special one. With this software you can simulate and analyse process and flows. Allow you to implement strategies and change variables of the process in simulation modes without using and affecting the real process. The most significant pro is that you can improve your process at a low cost and with low risks, because you can simulate and test different strategies before to deploy them in the real process.
Nachteile: This is not a intuitive software, you have to be an expert in the area to be proeficient and get a significant outcome of the product.
Bewertet am 18.9.2018
A Great Tool for Modeling.
Kommentare: Arena is a great tool for modeling, and I've been using it for presentation so everyone can understand hard problems.
Vorteile: Arena is a great software to create models for different cases. The software is pretty simple to understand and lets you make your own model.
Nachteile: It may be a little bit hard to understand the error code/messages at first. Since there isn't much information online, you just have to play with it until you don't get the error code/message.
Bewertet am 17.7.2018
Great software for discrete simulation
Kommentare: This is 'the Software' for discrete simulation.
Vorteile: The software is fabulous to model problems related to the production management. Furthermore, it is excellent to simulate services.
Nachteile: Modelling is intuitive, but to make the problem in a graphical way is slow. You need to have a good knowledge of Simulation to use it.
Bewertet am 11.4.2019
Best for discrete event simulation
1) It can simulate diverse operation types
2)Very good for simulating a business process
Nachteile: The installation can be tricky and I would have preferred having a complete package in the software instead of different versions for different people.
Bewertet am 22.7.2015
Simple, Stable and very powerful
Kommentare: We have been using Arena for many years now and have been very happy with the power of the software to aid our clients make their strategic decisions more scientific and fatser. The flow charting methodlogy and the software's ability to integrate with databases gives us the power to take data from the client's existing systems and run experiements. Our experience has been with multiple simulation software and we can strongly say that time to build complex models in Arena is way lesser than the other packages that we have used in the past.
Bewertet am 18.4.2017
One of the best Discrete Even Simulation tools
Kommentare: We have used ARENA for simulating and analyzing biofuels supply chain. We were able to create nice graphs for in-depth process analysis. The 3D animation capabilities in ARENA are really good for visualizing results.
Bewertet am 17.8.2018
Kommentare: I have used software to teach Operations Research classes, it has been very useful to simulate production lines of bamboo panels used in the construction industry.
Vorteile: The best thing about the software is the ease to connect with Microsoft Technologies, in addition there is a version available for student which has been quite useful.
Nachteile: What I like least about the software is that the animation is done separately from the model.
Bewertet am 10.9.2018
Great software for modeling
Vorteile: This is a great software to model things.
Nachteile: Almost no companies use Arena so it's not practical.
Bewertet am 20.12.2018
Kommentare: I used the Rockwell automation as a University student. In student version I was limited to use only 80 blocks which is very less to create a full project. However, the license is not cheap.
1. Good for discrete event simulation
2. Different colors and graphics can be used to visualize which is absent from a smiliar software created
1. Still has very old GUI even in newer versions