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Santos Peñas, Matilde and Cruz García, Jesús Manuel de la (2003) Simulation of working procedures in a distribution centre. In ETFA 2003: IEEE Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, vol 1, Proceedings. IEEE, pp. 39-46. ISBN 0-7803-7937-3

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ETFA.2003.1247685



This simulation study has been developed to assess a set of realistic proposals of a new distribution centre to a pharmaceutical company, with a focus on the sorting operation. Different sorting strategies, establishing dynamic assignment of the lanes to destinations and lanes to operators are proposed. Also different packing procedures have been presented according to the operator way of working. New qualitative criterions have been defined to evaluate the strategies. The results show some interesting non-linear behaviour in the sorting operation, and give the number of required operators, length of the lanes, and working procedures to be used in this application. The simulation experiments show that the improvement in the overall productivity by choosing a specific sorting strategy can be significant. The study has helped the management of the involved company to make a decision about the supplier and actually, the suggested proposals are being implemented in practice.

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© 2003 IEEE. IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (9th. Sep 16-19, 2003. Lisboa, Portugal).

Uncontrolled Keywords:Automation & Control Systems; Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Applications, Engineering Manufacturing, Telecommunications
Subjects:Sciences > Computer science
ID Code:25800
Deposited On:18 Jun 2014 07:45
Last Modified:04 Mar 2015 10:10

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