When Will You Need This?

Use this model object to represent the behavior of a conveyor segments traveling right, left, curve, up, down, upper quadrant, or lower quadrant for 3, 5, or 10 segments.

Conveyor model images

Model Object

The following model objects can be found in the model objects directory:

1. Conveyors \ Curve Ccw, Down, Lower Quadrant, 3 Segments.

2. Conveyors \ Curve Ccw, Down, Upper Quadrant, 3 Segments.

3. Conveyors \ Curve Ccw, Up, Lower Quadrant, 3 Segments.

4. Conveyors \ Curve Ccw, Up, Upper Quadrant, 3 Segments.

5. Conveyors \ Curve Cw, Down, Lower Quadrant, 3 Segments.

6. Conveyors \ Curve Cw, Down, Upper Quadrant, 3 Segments.

7. Conveyors \ Down, Right, 45 Degrees, 5 Segments.

8. Conveyors \ Down, Vertical, 5 Segments.

9. Conveyors \ Left, Horizontal, 3 Segments.

10. Conveyors \ Left, Horizontal, 5 Segments.

11. Conveyors \ Left, Horizontal, 10 Segments.

12. Conveyors \ Right, Horizontal, 3 Segments.

13. Conveyors \ Right, Horizontal, 5 Segments.

14. Conveyors \ Right, Horizontal, 10 Segments.

15. Conveyors \ Split, Right, 45 Degrees Down, 4 Segments.

16. Conveyors \ Split, right, 45 degrees up, 4 segments.

17. Conveyors \ Up, Right, 45 Degrees, 5 Segments.

18. Conveyors \ Up, Vertical, 5 Segments.

How to Use the Model Object

See Conveyors video tutorial.

1. Open Your Model

Open your model or create a new blank model.

2. Insert the Model Object into Your Model

1. Locate the model object and select the insert button.

2. Move the cursor to the point of insertion and left mouse-click. The upper left corner of the model object will be inserted at the location of the mouse-click.

3. Connect to Your Model

1. Connect a route from your model to the middle connecting point of the first segment of the conveyor.

from your model to middle connecting point Conveyor

2. Connect a route from the middle connecting point of the last segment of the conveyor to the remainder of your model or to another conveyor segment.

connect from conveyor to your model

4. Define Values

1. Set the move time of the routing going to the conveyor and from the conveyor(s) to 1/s_SegPerMin.

add formula for s_SegPerMin to routes

2. Set the input queue of the destination activity to zero (if the conveyor must stop when the destination is full).

conveyor set input queue

3. Set the value for scenario parameter s_SegPerMin to the segments per minute you want it to operate at.

If the parameter is set to 5 segments per minute, then an entity will take 12 seconds (60 seconds / 5 segments) per segment or 36 / 60 / 120 seconds to traverse a 3 / 5 / 10 segment conveyor.

set value for s_SegPerMinChanging value of s_SegPerMin

single segment highlighted in ConveyorsOne segment from a 5 segment conveyor ungrouped

5. Completion

The model object is now integrated into your model, you should now be able to save and then simulate the model.

Attributes, Variables, Scenario Parameters and Scenarios Usage

Scenario Parameters:

1. s_SegPerMin: Describes the speed of the conveyor in segments. Each segment of the conveyor will hold one entity at a time.

Advanced Topics

Combine Multiple Conveyors

You can paste as many conveyor segments as needed to create an accurate representation of your system. All segments are currently grouped as a single unit. The following will explain how to add or delete segments or attach a different type of conveyor.

1. You must first ungroup the segments by clicking on the conveyor, then clicking Arrange / Combine / Ungroup.

ungroup conveyors

The connecting routes have a color of None. So use caution when altering the segment arrangement.

2. Ungrouping will allow you to:

2.1. Delete individual conveyor segments by selecting the segment and pressing the Delete button on your keyboard.

deleting conveyor segmentDeleting a conveyor section

2.2. Add another individual conveyor segment by selecting a segment and then copy (CTRL +C) and pasting (CTRL + V) it. You can then connect the new segment to the rest of the conveyor by using a percent route with Move Time as 1/s_SegPerMin.

new segment added and connectedNew segment added and connected

2.3. Attach a different conveyor by Inserting it into your model. You can then connect the new conveyor to the rest of the conveyor by using a percent route with Move Time as 1/s_SegPerMin.

connect a different conveyor

2.4. Optional: Change the connecting route color to transparent by right clicking on a route and then selecting Format, you can then change the Line Color to None and then click OK.

You can change the route color of multiple routes together by holding the Shift button and selecting all the routes needed and then right clicking on any of the selected routes.

Change route color on conveyorsChanging color of two routes simultaneously

2.5. Optional: Align all the conveyors and / or segments to match.

align conveyors

3. Group all the conveyors and / or segments together by selecting all the conveyor segments. Hold Shift and then select all segments and associated routes and then click Arrange / Combine / Group.

You can also hold left click of your mouse in a blank area above and left of the conveyors, drag and select all conveyors and associated routes.

grouping conveyors