What are Entities?

Entities are the items or people processed during the simulation—e.g., products, documents, customers, etc. Selecting an entity shape from the shape palette, then placing it on the layout defines an entity. Next, change the name by selecting the graphic and typing.

Entities show as moving graphics during the process simulation and move on routings from activity to activity. In addition, ProcessModel provides hundreds of predefined entity icons from all major industries. Import additional icons as needed. Using meaningful graphics to represent entities in your model will allow others to visualize the process accurately.

Use any ProcessModel graphic as an entity (activity, resource, storage, link, label). To use a non-entity graphic as an entity, double-click on the graphic and change the object type to Entity.

General

Properties dialog general processmodel software

Name The name of the entity (e.g. Customer, Product_A, etc.). The entity name is used primarily for decision making and reporting purposes. It is simply a descriptive attribute that may be changed during the simulation and tested for making process decisions. Entity statistics are reported based on the final name of the entity.

Statistics: Yes / No This selection determines whether statistical information will be collected, displayed in the scoreboard, and reported in the Output Module for this entity.

Object Type Allows the type of object to be changed from Entity to something else.

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