Optimal Facilities Planning for Warehousing at the Depot Level,
ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND TEXARKANA TEX INTERN TRAINING CENTER
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The paper investigates the unloading and sorting part of a warehouse materials handling process. Two acts of parallel service facilities are conncected by a finite queue. Units arrive at the first set of parallel service facilities in batches. The batch arrival rate is Poisson distributed. The number of units per batch is empirically defined. The problem is to optimize the number of servers in each parallel set and the length of finite waiting line between the sets of servers. The optimization is with respect to the cost of the facility and the cost of staffing the servers. A generalized computer simulation is used to determine the optimal design of the facility. Summary results and discussion are provided to aid in study of similar warehousing problems.
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