Experimental investigation of shared storage assignment policies in automated storage/retrieval systems

Sadan Kulturel-Konak, Nur E. Ozdemirel, Canan Sepil, Zafer Bozkurt

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In this study, two shared storage assignment policies are compared in an Automated Storage/Retrieval System (AS/RS) by using computer simulation. The AS/RS is assumed to operate under a continuous review, order quantity, reorder point inventory policy. The average travel time of the AS/R machine for storing and retrieving products is used as the main performance measure. Sensitivity of the system to product variety, inventory replenishment lead time, and demand rate is investigated, as well as the effects of the inventory policy and the product classification technique used. Our main conclusion is that the turnover-based policy, in general, outperforms the duration of stay-based policy. However, the' difference between the performance of the two policies becomes insignificant under certain conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)739-749
Number of pages11
JournalIIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers)
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1999


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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