Hi I am currently working on modeling a facility whose description I provide below and attach its simio file to this message:
1)There are Two entities each titled 'Small Package' and 'Large Package' that enter the system through a Server titled 'Shooter'
2) Four worker elements take the incoming packages to 16 Sinks titled as 'Carts'
3) I have set up a process at the Output@Server1 so that each worker element serves a specific set of Carts
Worker 1 -> Cart1, Cart2, Cart 3, Cart 4
Worker 2 -> Cart 5, Cart 6, Cart 7, Cart 8
Worker 3 -> Cart 9, Cart 10, Cart 11, Cart 12
Worker 4 -> Cart 13, Cart 14, Cart 15, Cart 16
4) I have used paths elements to keep track of worker distance covered over the period of time I run the simulation
5) I have also placed 8 Transfer Nodes whose locations will be clear on viewing the attached file.
My questions are as follows:
Q.1) Say worker 1 collects his first package and goes to place it on to cart 4, can worker 1 than collect the next package for say cart2 from the transfer node close to cart 2?
Essentially I would like the workers to move as less as possible because in reality they just pick packages from in front of the respective carts. Is there a smart way to do this keeping my
process logic for Output@Server1 intact?
Q.2) Currently I have my experiments monitor Utilization of workers, their Idle time and distance covered. I would love to hear from experts here as to what other Responses might be good yard sticks that can help better understand the efficiency of the system or its bottle necks?