Rockwell Automation

Arena

4 / 5 11 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

We work with world class organizations that aim to improve business operations.


Average Ratings

11 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Rockwell Automation
  • www.rockwellautomation.com
  • Founded 1903
  • United States

About Arena

Arena simulation will allow your team to analyze existing processes and greenfield process and understand how a change will impact the system. Arena is used in manufacturing, supply chain, port & terminal, oil & gas, mining, call centers, healthcare, academics, government and military, retail, consulting and more! Reach out to our team to see if Arena is a good fit for your organization.


Arena Features

  • 1D Simulation
  • 3D Simulation
  • Continuous Modeling
  • Design Analysis
  • Direct Manipulation
  • Discrete Event Modeling
  • Dynamic Modeling
  • Graphical Modeling
  • Monte Carlo Simulation
  • Motion Modeling
  • Stochastic Modeling

Arena Reviews Recently Reviewed!


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Excellent programming language, with great flexibility.

Mar 20, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: What most strikes me is that it combines all the facilities of a high-level program, with the flexibility of a general programming language, which is achieved through the interchangeable templates it has, which in turn have modules for the modeling and analysis of graphic simulation.

This flexibility at the time of modeling is associated with the completely hierarchical structure that Arena has.

Cons: As with any mathematical model: it is a powerful tool that in good hands can be very useful, but in the wrong hands can be very dangerous. This software allows through sensitivity analyzes that simulate, make decisions, which are based only on the simulated scenarios, can be very risky, if the model that has been raised has not been validated with real data and statistics.

Overall: I have used it in my professional field, simulating the entrances and exits of ships in port terminals, and from the academic point of view as a teacher, making simulations of manufacturing processes and inventory management.

This wide range of uses is only allowed by software with the flexibility that Arena has.

Useful models -- from very simple to very complex

Aug 06, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I love being able to animate the simulations that I create in Arena. Running the numbers is one thing, but being able to present the results in animated form the business stake holders is even better. It really helps get the non-technical folks on board with the simulation and helps them understand the results. Animation in Arena is easy and I never want to create another simulation without animation.

Cons: Sometimes it is hard to find answers to questions you have about Arena. The documentation that comes with the software is helpful, but it is limited. I have not been able to find a great website online for Arena support. For more popular software there is tons of help to be found online, but I guess Arena doesn't have a large enough user-base to have an active support community.

My students were using arena for simulation modeling and analysis for hospital projects.

Aug 15, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: The software is easy to use and easy to make logic models for care delivery processes and patient flows in hospital units such as emergency department, medical/surgical unit.

Cons: The software's input analyzer needs improvement over the fitness test of distributions from the data points.

Overall: The software is capable of building a computer simulation model that mimics a complex and dynamic system such as healthcare system, which helps provide analytical recommendations and solutions for decision makers. The software helps my students to get their projects done with analytical results.

Vendor Response

by Rockwell Automation on August 15, 2017

Thank you for teaching Arena at Northern Illinois Professor Chen!

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A powerful discrete simulation software

Aug 13, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Arena is an intituive modeling software that allows you to simulate service and production systems, graphic enviroment is easy to follow.

Cons: Software input analyzer can be better, model´s graphics animation should be easier top set.

Overall: I used this software to modelate service operations like banks and workshops.

A Great Tool for Modeling.

Sep 18, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Arena is a great software to create models for different cases. The software is pretty simple to understand and lets you make your own model.

Cons: It may be a little bit hard to understand the error code/messages at first. Since there isn't much information online, you just have to play with it until you don't get the error code/message.

Overall: Arena is a great tool for modeling, and I've been using it for presentation so everyone can understand hard problems.

Great software for discrete simulation

Jul 17, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The software is fabulous to model problems related to the production management. Furthermore, it is excellent to simulate services.

Cons: Modelling is intuitive, but to make the problem in a graphical way is slow. You need to have a good knowledge of Simulation to use it.

Overall: This is 'the Software' for discrete simulation.

I used Arena when I was taking a graduate course in simulation.

Apr 23, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Arena is a classic discrete event simulation software and very powerful. At least one textbook is written based on Arena.

Cons: I wish Arena has more vivid animation like Simio and Flexisim. It would be very useful to communite with non-technical people.

Overall: Arena helped me to learn discrete event simulaion.

Simple, Stable and very powerful

Jul 22, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We have been using Arena for many years now and have been very happy with the power of the software to aid our clients make their strategic decisions more scientific and fatser. The flow charting methodlogy and the software's ability to integrate with databases gives us the power to take data from the client's existing systems and run experiements. Our experience has been with multiple simulation software and we can strongly say that time to build complex models in Arena is way lesser than the other packages that we have used in the past.

One of the best Discrete Even Simulation tools

Apr 18, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: We have used ARENA for simulating and analyzing biofuels supply chain. We were able to create nice graphs for in-depth process analysis. The 3D animation capabilities in ARENA are really good for visualizing results.

Great software for modeling

Sep 09, 2018
3/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: This is a great software to model things.

Cons: Almost no companies use Arena so it's not practical.

Arena experience

Aug 17, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The best thing about the software is the ease to connect with Microsoft Technologies, in addition there is a version available for student which has been quite useful.

Cons: What I like least about the software is that the animation is done separately from the model.

Overall: I have used software to teach Operations Research classes, it has been very useful to simulate production lines of bamboo panels used in the construction industry.