Enterprise Dynamics

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Enterprise Dynamics
Enterprise Dynamics Logo
Warehouse model
Enterprise Dynamics, model of a warehouse
Developer(s) INCONTROL Simulation Solutions
Stable release ED 8.2.5 March 30, 2012 (2012-03-30)[1]
Written in Delphi 7, C++, 4DScript[2]
Operating system Windows 2000+
Platform Microsoft Windows
Available in English (Tutorials also in German, Dutch and French)
Type Discrete event simulation software
License Commercial
Website incontrolsim.com

Enterprise Dynamics is a discrete event simulation software platform developed by INCONTROL Simulation Solutions. It is used to design and implement simulation solutions.[3] The Enterprise Dynamics (ED) platform has several market-specific libraries to conform to customer requirements. These libraries are:[4]

  • ED Logistics
  • ED Airport
  • ED Transport
  • ED Warehouse
  • PD Pedestrian Dynamics
  • ED Educational
  • Showflow

History[edit]

Enterprise Dynamics is based on the Taylor II simulation software, which was developed by F&H Simulations.[5] In 1998, the newly developed simulation platform Taylor Enterprise Dynamics was introduced and in 2000, F&H Simulations was acquired by the consulting company and simulation software distributor Incontrol Business Engineers. The new company name became INCONTROL Simulation Solutions and Taylor ED was renamed to Enterprise Dynamics. At this time F&H Simulations, now called Flexsim Software Products, became independent and developed a new simulation software called Flexsim.[6][7]

Fields of Application[edit]

Enterprise Dynamics has been applied or is currently being applied in the following fields:[2][8][9][10]

  • Automotive
  • Electronics
  • Manufacturing & Production
  • Material Handling
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Logistics & Distribution
  • Airports
  • Harbors
  • Rail transport
  • Healthcare
  • Contact Centers
  • Banking & Finance
  • Sports & Events
  • Public & Service
  • Educational

Architecture[edit]

Enterprise Dynamics is an object-oriented simulation platform combined with an event-oriented approach. The user can select standard simulation objects (the so-called 'Atoms'), in which the behavior of their real life equivalents is captured, from a library and create a model by clicking and dragging the objects into the model space. For each simulation object, parameters can be altered to change its behavior.[8][11]

Version History[edit]

Version Codename Release date Major changes
1.0 Taylor Enterprise Dynamics\TED 1997
2.0 Taylor ED 1998
2.3 November 1999
3.0 Taylor ED 2000 June 2000
3.2
3.3
3.4 June 2001
4.0 December 2001
5.0
6.0 Official Release 6 October 2003
  • Improved GUI Builder
  • Improved 4DScript functionality
  • Renewed Help system
  • Improved 2D and 3D visualization
6.1 [12] January 2004
  • Small updates for Atoms, Visualization and Help system
6.2 [12] March 2004
  • High-speed timer functionality
  • Optimization of 4DScript functions
  • Improvement of the Help system
6.3 [12] July 2004
  • Improvements of several Atoms
  • Improvements of function 'RegisterFunction'
  • Improvement of the speed with which ED is capable of dealing with 'Labels'
7.0 [12] Official Release 7 April 2006
  • Further improvements of visualization and engine
  • Improvements of 4DScript functionality (ADO and XML)
  • Addition of a Scenario Manager
7.1 [12] Summer 2006 September 2006
  • Improved search functionality
  • Addition of sensor functionality to the Advanced Conveyor Atoms
7.2 [12] Winter 2007 December 2007
  • Addition of a set of Result atoms
  • Major visualization issues (related to black objects in 2D view and missing buttons due to high screen resolutions) were solved
  • New GUIs (according to a standardized design)
  • Revision and extension of the Example Models
8.0 [12] Official Release 8 April 2009
  • Addition of the Advanced Automated Storage/Retrieval System (ASRS)
  • 3D Modeling functionality
8.1 [12] Spring 2010 May 2010
  • 3D visualization of the Result Atoms
  • Support for anaglyphs in 3D view
  • Addition of new 'Advanced Linear Robot' and new 'Advanced Scara Robot'
8.2 [12] Spring 2011 May 2011
  • Extension of 3D Modeling functionality
  • Drawing polygons in 2D
  • Extension of the GUI Builder
8.2.5 [12] Spring 2012 March 2012
  • Minor update containing 50 bugfixes
9.0

Add-ons[edit]

Several add-ons are available that will extent the functionality of ED. These add-ons are:[13]

  • CAD Import Wizard
  • DLL Kit
  • Emulation - OPC
  • Multicrane - Controller
  • Security Kit
  • OptQuest

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ED Support". Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Simulation Software Selection, version 2.3". Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  3. ^ E. Serova, "Modern Business Modeling Approaches And Tools For Management", page 269 - 275, International Journal "Information Technologies & Knowledge" (vol.3), 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-16.
  4. ^ "ED Products". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  5. ^ William B. Nordgren. "Taylor II manufacturing simulation software". In Proceedings of the 27th Conference on Winter Simulation, IEEE Computer Society, Washington, DC, 401–404, 1995.
  6. ^ "ED Brochures". Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  7. ^ "Flexsim company history". 
  8. ^ a b D.W. Hillen, 1995, 'Simulatie in Produktie en Logistiek', ISBN 90-5261-060-6. Retrieved 2011-06-16.
  9. ^ Van Asperen, Dekker, Polman, De Swaan Arons, "Modeling Ship Arrivals In Ports", page 1737 - 1744, Proceedings of the 2003 Winter Simulation Conference (vol.2), 2003. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
  10. ^ C.A. Boer, "Distributed Simulation in Industry", 2005, ISBN 90-5892-093-3. Retrieved 2011-06-16.
  11. ^ Y.H. Lian, H. Van Landeghem, "Analyzing the Effects of Lean Manufacturing using a Value Stream Mapping based simulation generator", 09-Mar-2006, International Journal of Production Research. Retrieved 2011-06-16.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "ED Release Notes". Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  13. ^ "ED Products/Addons". Retrieved 2011-06-14. 

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