A Computer Simulation Study of the Economic Impact of Automatic Bin Storage and Retrieval Systems on DOD Warehouses.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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A possible means of reducing the level of annual dollar expenditures for storage and warehousing within the Department of Defense is that of reducing the labor manhours required. In this regard, the objective of the research was to evaluate the performance characteristics of automatic bin storage and retrieval systems ASRS and to investigate the potential cost reductions that might accrue from the application of these systems to DoD bin storage facilities. Random number of Monte Carlo computer simulation techniques are employed in constructing the model of the ASRS. The effect on transaction rate of variations in carrier velocity, acceleration, positioning at the bin, as well as variations in storage area dimensions are observed and presented in graphical format. An economic analysis model, based on empirically derived labor savings, is used to compute the projected economic impact of an ASRS upon representative DoD depots. Author
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Economics and Cost Analysis