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Optimisation of man‐on‐board automated storage/retrieval systems

Fabrizio Dallari (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Gino Marchet (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Remigio Ruggeri (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Integrated Manufacturing Systems

ISSN: 0957-6061

Article publication date: 1 April 2000


This study is concerned with evaluating the performance of different storage policies and tour construction procedures for multi‐command picking using automated storage‐retrieval systems (AS/RS). The AS/RS machine travel time for each storage policy is derived as a function of the shape of the storage area, the number of picking points and the sequencing algorithm used. The combination of these variables yields various solutions to the problem, thus providing a useful guide in designing effective picking systems. The average travel time of the AS/RS in each configuration is calculated by computer simulation in a full factorial experimental design. A subset of the results derived from this study has been successfully implemented in a case study, involving the BMW AG Italy spare parts distribution warehouse.



Dallari, F., Marchet, G. and Ruggeri, R. (2000), "Optimisation of man‐on‐board automated storage/retrieval systems", Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 87-93.




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