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    State Connections

    State Connections

    State Connections change the state of Nodes or Connections.

    The state of a Machinations diagram refers to the current distribution of Resources among its Nodes. When Resources get redistributed, the State of the diagram/system changes.

    1. Label – descriptive text
    2. Formula – use this field to define how the State Connection affects Nodes or connections
    3. Filter – use Filter if your model requires only a certain type of Resource to change the diagram’s state
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    You can change the State of diagram elements by using State Connections.

    Use State changes to:

    1. Modify the flow rates of Resource Connections.
    2. Trigger Nodes to fire, activate or deactivate them, in response to changes in Resource distribution.
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    State Connections are dotted arrows, leading from the controlling Node to a Target.

    The Target can be a Node, a Resource Connection, or, rarely, another State Connection. Play the examples below.

    • When a Resource gets to Pool B it activates Source C
    • When the number of Resources in Pool B is >=6 activate transfer
    • When Pool B has 3 or more Resources activates add

    In this example, there are 3 controlling Nodes: Pools B, D and F.

    1. Pool B activates Source C as soon it receives a Resource from the automatic Source A.
    2. When B hits a number of Resources equal to or bigger than 6, it also activates the transfer between Source E and Pool F.
    3. Pool F is in itself a controlling Node and it will affect the flow of Resources between C and D, by adding +1 each Step.
    4. Pool D activates the Stop End Condition when it collects 15 Resources. The diagram stops executing.
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    Formulas on State Connections indicate how or under which conditions they change the Target.

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