You'll primarily use the Toolbox to manage dashboards. See Using the Toolbox for general information about working with tool components like dashboards. This topic will explain how to edit and delete dashboards from the Toolbox and other related tasks.
To create and rename a new dashboard:
In order to choose an appropriate chart or chart template for your simulation project, you need to identify your key metrics and answer some important questions about the types of data you want to collect from your model. See Before You Begin the Data Gathering Process for a list of the questions you should consider asking. Once you've answered these questions, that should hopefully provide some guidance about which chart is appropriate for your data gathering needs.
If you're still learning how to gather data, you should use chart templates to start. See Overview of Chart Templates for a brief description of each chart template. Consider also reading Best Practices When Working With Charts and Types of Charts for guidelines about working with charts and selecting appropriate chart types to visualize your data.
You can add charts to a dashboard using several different methods, as explained in the following sections:
To add charts or model inputs to a dashboard:
You can also use the Quick Library to add charts or widgets to a dashboard:
When you pin a standard statistic to a dashboard, it will automatically generate a statistic collector for that statistic and create a chart in the dashboard. You can change the chart type by adding a different chart type to the dashboard and then linking it to the auto-generated statistics collector. See Viewing Standard Statistics for specific instructions.
As was discussed earlier in this topic, you need to know which objects you want to get data from as part of the data-gathering process. The following sections will explain some of the different options that are available:
You can gather data from any object in a 3D model or from any process flow activity in a process flow. When you're working with a chart template, you can either sample the object or select the object from a menu.
For example, the following chart will gather data from three individual processor objects:
You'll see the term composite object come up a lot while you're choosing chart templates. In FlexSim, this term is used to describe a set of user-defined objects that mark the beginning and end of an area such as a workstation.
For example, imagine you have modeled a workstation in which flow items move from a queue to a processer, then to a second queue and a second processor:
Perhaps you wanted to gather data about how many flow items are circulating through that entire workstation at the same time. In this example, you could set the first queue as the beginning point of the composite object and the second processor as the end point of the composite object:
For data collection purposes, these objects and all the objects in between the flow will count as one object. For example, imagine there are 10 items in Queue1, 1 item in Processor1, 5 items in Queue3, and 1 item in Processor2. The total content inside the composite object would be 17 items.
You can use groups to create a custom group of objects that you can gather data from at the same time.
For example, imagine you have created a group called MyProcessors that has three processors as members:
You could then sample the group or select it from the menu to gather data from all three processors at the same time:
You can change several aspects of the chart's visuals including:
You'll make these changes in the Settings and Colors tab.
To move or resize a chart:
When you use a chart template, FlexSim automatically generates many of the tools that are needed to create the statistics for that template. Various chart templates might create process flows, groups, statistics collectors, or calculated tables. These tools will run invisibly in the background. However, if you would like to make these tools visible, you can install them from the chart template. Installing chart template tools can be a great way for you to study and learn about more advanced data gathering techniques if you'd like to learn how the advanced tools work together in FlexSim.
To install a chart template:
If you want to export a chart's data, you should actually export the data table of the statistics collector that is linked to the chart in the background:
If you want to export a chart itself, you can right-click it to open a menu and select Export as PNG to save it as an image file. As an alternative:
If you use the basic charts, you'll need to connect those charts to any objects or tools such as data collectors on your own. For that reason, these basic charts are typically used by more advanced users. This section will explain how to set up a basic chart.
Every chart needs to be linked to a statistic collector's data table. The data table will provide the raw data that will be visualized by the chart. You can also link the data to a calculated table if needed.
To link a chart to a statistics collector:
After you've linked a chart to a statistic collector, you'll need to tell the chart which columns from the data table should be used to create the chart's elements. These settings are found on each chart's Data tab.
In general, a lot of the chart settings will depend on the columns you created in a collector's data table. Once you've linked a statistics collector to a chart, its columns will show up as possible options that can be included in the chart's elements. So make sure that you have a good understanding of the names and values of the charts in the collector's data table.
The chart's settings will vary based on the specific type of chart you are creating. For specific information about each chart's settings and properties, refer to that chart's reference page. See Types of Charts for links to each chart's reference page.