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VA Technical Reference Model v 21.8

Arena Simulation
Arena Simulation Technology

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Description: Arena Simulation is an event simulation and automation technology that is used to design and analyze the impact of changes to supply chain, manufacturing, logistics, distribution and warehousing, and service systems. This technology allows for a modeler to build an experiment model by placing modules (boxes of different shapes) that represent processes or logic. Connector lines join these modules together to specify the flow of entities. While modules have specific actions relative to entities, flow, and timing, the precise representation of each module and entity relative to real-life objects is subject to the modeler. Statistical data, such as cycle time and Work in Process (WIP) levels, can be recorded and reported on.

This software is available in two editions: Standard and Professional. The Professional Edition has all of the capabilities and features of the Standard Edition, as well as other functionality including Custom Template Creation. This entry is for both editions.

Arena Simulation software optionally uses Microsoft Excel to import Smart files. Smart files are a collection of small models that demonstrate a variety of modeling techniques that are commonly encountered using Arena Simulation.

Arena Simulation software stores any collected data on Microsoft Access.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has been assessed by the Section 508 Office and found non-conformant. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at Section508@va.gov. Please see reference tab for more information concerning product versions.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v20.4
Decision Date: 04/23/2020
Aliases: Arena Simulation Software
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Rockwell Automation
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (04/23/2020).