Title: Closed form models for dwell point locations in a multi-aisle automated storage and retrieval system

Authors: Trevor S. Hale; Michael E. Hanna; Faizul Huq; Adrian Gil

Addresses: Department of Management, Marketing, and Business Administration, University of Houston – Downtown, Houston, Texas, 77002, USA ' Department of Economics, Finance, Marketing, and Decision Sciences, University of Houston – Clear Lake, Houston, Texas, 77058, USA ' Department of Management, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 45701, USA ' Howard Payne University, The El Paso Center, El Paso, Texas 79902, USA

Abstract: This study investigates the optimal dwell point location of idle server within a multi-aisle automated storage and retrieval system. The objective function herein is to minimise the expected value of the next transaction time for the automated storage and retrieval system. After a brief review of the relevant literature on dwell point location, this research shows that the single server, multi-aisle dwell point location problem can be solved via an application of classical optimisation of a special class of Tchebychev expected distance functions.

Keywords: dwell point locations; Tchebychev; expected distance functions; automated storage; retrieval systems; multi-aisle AS/RS; closed form models; modelling; idle servers; optimisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2015.068202

International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2015 Vol.19 No.3, pp.364 - 388

Received: 09 Mar 2013
Accepted: 01 Sep 2013

Published online: 11 Mar 2015 *

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