Limiting Capacity on Multiple Objects With Groups
The number of work items in a simulation object is limited to the capacity of that specific object. In Queues capacity can be set to any positive whole number we want and for an Activity you can set the replication number.
But what if you want to limit the total number of work items in a number of Activities and Queues?
if you have a straight production line consisting of 4 pairs of Queues and 4 Activitiies and you can only deal with 5 work items at any given time in this part of the simulation. How do you set this up?
It’s very simple:
First select all the objects in this part of your model and right click within the selected area. Click on ‘Create group’.
Secondly select the group and click on properties. Now assign a sensible name to your group and tick the box ‘Limit work items in group:’.
Now you need to specify the maximum number of work items that can be in the group at any time. (In this example there is a group limit of 5 work items, so enter 5 in the field after this option.)
Confirm your changes and you will not have more than 5 work items in the group of 4 Activities and 4 Queues at any given time in your simulation model.