Title: Automatic warehouse modelling and simulation

Authors: A. Guasch; M.A. Piera; J. Figueras

Addresses: Departament ESAII, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Rambla Sant Nebridi 10, 08222 Terrassa, Spain ' Escola Técnica Superior d’Enginyeria, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain ' Departament ESAII, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Rambla Sant Nebridi 10, 08222 Terrassa, Spain

Abstract: The Newspaper Production/Distribution Problem (NDP) involves a perishable good. Newspaper publishers cannot print the news sections of newspapers in advance, as they must be up to date. Additionally, delivery must be completed before morning commuting starts in metropolitan areas. Therefore, delivery delays at the printing plant are not acceptable, as they cause significant disturbances to the distribution chain. In this paper, we analyse the impact of using a second transelevator on the performance of a printing plant's automatic warehouse with the aim to avoid delivery delays to the printing press.

Keywords: warehouse simulation; warehouse modelling; DES; discrete event simulation; verification; validation; printing plants; newspaper production; newspaper distribution; warehouse automation; automated warehousing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSPM.2011.048008

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling, 2011 Vol.6 No.4, pp.288 - 296

Received: 26 Apr 2010
Accepted: 21 Jan 2011

Published online: 17 Jul 2012 *

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