Relative pre-positioning of storage/retrieval machines in automated storage/retrieval systems to minimize maximum system response time

Suk Hwa Chang, Pius J. Egbelu

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Abstract

In this paper, the problem of pre-positioning a storage/retrieval (S/R) machine in an automated storage/retrieval system (AS/RS) when the machine is idle is addressed. The objective of the pre-positioning strategy is to minimize the maximum response time to service incoming requests into the AS/RS. A model is developed under the operating condition that each machine can serve one or multiple dedicated aisle(s) of the system. The aisles are assumed to exist in the same region of the AS/RS and thus form a valid order storage/retrieval zone. A solution algorithm for determining the optimal dwell point or location is developed. The paper assumes a dynamic environment where orders arrive over time and are to be serviced by the S/R machine. A dwell point or strategic point to pre-position the machine is to be determined whenever the S/R machine becomes idle in anticipation of an incoming service request. A numerical example is provided to demonstrate how the technique can be used in an actual production setting to improve the overall order turnaround time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-312
Number of pages10
JournalIIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers)
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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