Response Time Considerations for Optimal Warehouse Layout Design

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R. Pandit

IMSE Department, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011

U. S. Palekar

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1206 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

J. Eng. Ind 115(3), 322-328 (Aug 01, 1993) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2901667 History: Received May 01, 1988; Revised July 01, 1992; Online April 08, 2008


We present a queueing theoretic model of a rectangular warehouse with multivehicle material handling system to study the effect of warehouse design on the response time. The response time of the material handling system is shown to decrease with districting of the warehouse into service zones. An iterative procedure is presented for districting and optimal locations of input/output points. The effect of the rate of arrival of calls on optimal door location is shown to be significant.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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