Simulation charts

Sometimes, just by watching the Simulation outcome is not enough to find out the bottleneck, especially when the diagram is large and have many, many bottlenecks. In such cases, you can produce charts for Simulation outcome, which helps quantify resource consumption and queuing time for each flow object.

To read the charts, click Simulation Charts in Simulation Control Panel.

Open Simulation Charts window
Open Simulation Charts window

Completion chart

The completion chart primarily shows the status of scenarios completion against time.

An overview of completion chart
An overview of completion chart
No. Name Description
1 Resource usage
Click to show resource usage chart.
2 Queue time
Click to show queue time chart.
3 Cost Per Flow Object Click to show cost per flow object chart.
4 Cost Per Scenario Click to show cost per scenario chart.
5 Time Cost Click to show time cost chart.
6 Time scale
Control the length of chart by selecting a time scale.
7 Auto refresh
Check to let the chart body auto update against chart settings such as time scale and selection of scenarios. Uncheck to update manually by clicking Refresh.
8 Refresh
Click to update the chart body against the chart settings such as time scale and selection of scenarios. This button is available only when Auto Refresh is unchecked.
9 Not yet started scenarios Check or uncheck the scenarios to show or hide in chart the change of the amount of not-yet-started scenarios throughout simulation.
10 Processing scenarios Check or uncheck the scenarios to show or hide in chart the change of the amount of processing scenarios throughout simulation.
11 Completed scenarios Check or uncheck the scenarios to show or hide in chart the change of the amount of completed scenarios throughout simulation.
12 Chart body
The chart body.
13 Export
Click to export the opening chart to Microsoft Excel or image file.
14 OK
Click to close the Simulation charts window and go back to the diagram.
Description of completion chart

Resource usage chart

The resource usage chart shows the percentage of resource consumption throughout simulation. If a resource has its peak reaching 100%, it means that the allocation of that resource is in optimum state. If the peak is below 100%, it means that some of the resources are not used throughout the simulation, which usually signifies that they are wasted, and you should consider to adjust the amount of available resource to optimize the resource consumption.

An overview of resource usage chart
An overview of resource usage chart
No. Name Description
1
Complete Click to show completion chart.
2
Queue time
Click to show queue time chart.
3 Cost Per Flow Object Click to show cost per flow object chart.
4 Cost Per Scenario Click to show cost per scenario chart.
5 Time Cost Click to show time cost chart.
6
Show by

Select what to present in the chart.

Resource - Cause the chart to presents the resource consumption of each available resource.

Resource Type - Cause the chart to presents the resource consumption of resource types.

7 Time scale Control the length of chart by selecting a time scale.
8 Auto refresh Check to let the chart body auto update against chart settings such as whether to show by resource or resource type, time scale and selection of resources and resources type. Uncheck to update manually by clicking Refresh.
9 Refresh Click to update the chart body against the chart settings such as whether to show by resource or resource type, time scale and selection of resources and resources type. This button is available only when Auto Refresh is unchecked.
10 Resources Check or uncheck the resources to show or hide their usage in chart. This pane is active only when Resource is selected in the drop down menu Show By.
11 Resource types Check or uncheck the resource types to show or hide their usage in chart. This pane is active only when Resource Type is selected in the drop down menu Show By.
12 Chart body The chart body.
13 Export Click to export the opening chart to Microsoft Excel or image file.
14 OK Click to close the Simulation charts window and go back to the diagram.
Description of resource usage chart

Queue time chart

The queue time chart shows the time the flow objects spent on waiting, which corresponds to the time an inverted triangle appear during simulation. You may study whether the queue time of certain flow object is reasonable or not and think of the improvement.

An overview of queue time chart
An overview of queue time chart
No. Name Description
1
Completion
Click to show completion chart.
2
Resource usage
Click to show resource usage chart.
3 Cost Per Flow Object Click to show cost per flow object chart.
4 Cost Per Scenario Click to show cost per scenario chart.
5 Time Cost Click to show time cost chart.
6
Time scale
Control the length of chart by selecting a time scale.
7 Auto refresh Check to let the chart body auto update against chart settings such as time scale and selection of nodes. Uncheck to update manually by clicking Refresh.
8 Refresh Click to update the chart body against the chart settings such as time scale and selection of nodes. This button is available only when Auto Refresh is unchecked.
9 Nodes Check or uncheck flow objects nodes to show or hide their queue time in chart.
10 Chart body The chart body.
11 Export Click to export the opening chart to Microsoft Excel or image file.
12 OK Click to close the simulacian charts window and go back to the diagram.
Description of queue time chart

Cost per flow object chart

The cost per flow object chart shows the cost each flow object consumed throughout simulation. 

An overview of  cost per flow object chart
An overview of  cost per flow object chart
No. Name Description
1
Completion
Click to show completion chart.
2
Resource usage
Click to show resource usage chart.
3
Queue Time Click to show queen time chart.
4 Cost Per Scenario Click to show cost per scenario chart.
5 Time Cost Click to show time cost chart.
6 Auto refresh Check to let the chart body auto update against chart settings such as time scale and selection of scenarios. Uncheck to update manually by clicking Refresh.
7 Refresh Click to update the chart body against the chart settings such as time scale and selection of nodes. This button is available only when Auto Refresh is unchecked.
8 Nodes Check or uncheck flow objects nodes to show or hide their queue time in chart.
9 Chart body The chart body.
10 Export Click to export the opening chart to Microsoft Excel or image file.
11 OK Click to close the Simulation charts window and go back to the diagram.
Description of queue time chart

Cost per scenario chart

The cost per scenario chart shows the cost each scenario consumed throughout simulation.

An overview of cost per scenario chart
An overview of cost per scenario chart
No. Name Description
1 Completion
Click to show completion chart.
2 Resource Usage
Click to show resource usage chart.
3 Queue Time Click to show queen time chart.
4 Cost Per Flow Object
Click to show cost per flow object chart.
5 Time Cost Click to show time cost chart.
6 Auto refresh
Check to let the chart body auto update against chart settings such as time scale and selection of scenarios. Uncheck to update manually by clicking Refresh.
7 Refresh
Click to update the chart body against the chart settings such as time scale and selection of scenarios. This button is available only when Auto Refresh is unchecked.
8 Nodes Check or uncheck flow objects nodes to show or hide their cost per scenario in chart.
9 Chart body
The chart body.
10 Export
Click to export the opening chart to Microsoft Excel or image file.
11 OK
Click to close the Simulation charts window and go back to the diagram.
Description of cost per flow object chart

Time cost chart

The time cost chart shows the cost consumed against time spent throughout simulation.

An overview of time cost chart
An overview of time cost chart
No. Name Description
1 Completion
Click to show completion chart.
2 Resource Usage
Click to show resource usage chart.
3 Queue Time Click to show queen time chart.
4 Cost Per Flow Object
Click to show cost per flow object chart.
5 Cost Per Scenario Click to show cost per scenario chart.
6 Time Scale Control the length of chart by selecting a time scale.
7 Auto refresh
Check to let the chart body auto update against chart settings such as time scale and selection of scenarios. Uncheck to update manually by clicking Refresh.
8 Refresh
Click to update the chart body against the chart settings such as time scale and selection of scenarios. This button is available only when Auto Refresh is unchecked.
9 Nodes Check or uncheck flow objects nodes to show or hide their cost per scenario in chart.
10 Chart body
The chart body.
11 Export
Click to export the opening chart to Microsoft Excel or image file.
12 OK
Click to close the Simulation charts window and go back to the diagram.
Description of cost per flow object chart

 

 
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