TimeView

TimeView displays time based charts that map out what has happened in your simulation.

Normal animated simulation displays are a vital part of understanding the dynamics of your system. However, with animated displays, it is often difficult to understand what particular set of circumstances led to a particular series of events at a later time. This is important to understand because it is often the response a company makes to individual occurrences of circumstances that can improve the efficiency of an organization without capital investment (or can affect the efficiency of a capital investment).

TimeView shows a gantt chart style view of the state of any of your simulation objects across time.

Setting Up TimeView

To open TimeView select TimeView from the drop down menu on the Results button on the Home tab.

A dialog will open showing you all the simulation objects in your simulation. Use the single > button to add one object at a time, use the double » button to add all objects to your TimeView report.

Close TimeView and run your simulation to generate results.

You can change the objects listed in the TimeView report at any time using the objects button on the TimeView dialog.

What the Report Means

At the end of your simulation run your TimeView report will look similar to the picture below.

The TimeView results window has two axis:

  • Horizontal - Time
  • Vertical - Simulation Object

The vertical axis lists all the objects you have selected onto the TimeView report. In the main (colored) part of the chart you see what happened to each of the objects as the simulation progressed over time.

Color Guide

Storage Bins:

  • Red - Use of Capacity
  • White - Unused Capacity

Work Centers:

  • Yellow - Waiting
  • Green - Working
  • Red - Blocked
  • Blue - Broken Down

Resources:

  • White - Unused
  • Green - Working

Exporting TimeView Results

In order to export these results, you will first need to allow SIMUL8 to export results (either at the end of every run, or at the end of every trial). In order to do this, navigate to: Home > Export Results > Select either “Every Run” or “Every Trial”.

Simul8 Export Results Every Run

Now that this has been enabled, you’ll need to configure the TimeView itself to record these results. Once your TimeView is configured with the objects you need, simply right-click anywhere in the TimeView window and select “Save Results on end Run”. You’ll have to enable this by selecting the check-box in the dialog window, and then you can choose the name of the file that will be written to.

Simul8 Timeview Save Results on End Run

Once you save your model, and carry out a Run or a Trial, this file will be saved in the same directory as your simulation model.

You can also specify the directory this text file is saved to by pasting the full file path on the “Filename to save to” textbox.

Simul8 Timeview Save Results on End Run Path

Alternatively, if you would prefer to use Visual Logic, there is a command that exports the same results.
Using the command “Record all Time View Data“ (on End Run Logic) will provide the same file. The only parameter for this command is the file name.

Simul8 Record TimeView results VL