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Heuristics for puzzle-based storage systems driven by a limited set of automated guided vehicles

Heuristics for puzzle-based storage systems driven by a limited set of automated guided vehicles Storage systems play a vital role in industrial operations, and containment of their cost can be an important managerial issue. One way to achieve this aim is to increase storage density, i.e. to increase the area dedicated to storage and to reduce the size of aisles used to access goods. Innovative “puzzle-based” storage systems, in which shelves are moveable and hence allow the flexible arrangement of aisles, can be a promising solution, as long as retrieval times are fast enough and the required investment is not too high. The paper proposes the study of an innovative management solution for puzzle-based storage systems based on AGV tractors instead of self-propelled shelves. These systems have been studied by analyzing density and retrieval time as focal design variables. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing Springer Journals

Heuristics for puzzle-based storage systems driven by a limited set of automated guided vehicles

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Business and Management; Production; Manufacturing, Machines, Tools; Control, Robotics, Mechatronics
ISSN
0956-5515
eISSN
1572-8145
DOI
10.1007/s10845-010-0471-7
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Abstract

Storage systems play a vital role in industrial operations, and containment of their cost can be an important managerial issue. One way to achieve this aim is to increase storage density, i.e. to increase the area dedicated to storage and to reduce the size of aisles used to access goods. Innovative “puzzle-based” storage systems, in which shelves are moveable and hence allow the flexible arrangement of aisles, can be a promising solution, as long as retrieval times are fast enough and the required investment is not too high. The paper proposes the study of an innovative management solution for puzzle-based storage systems based on AGV tractors instead of self-propelled shelves. These systems have been studied by analyzing density and retrieval time as focal design variables.

Journal

Journal of Intelligent ManufacturingSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 26, 2010

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