Supply chain analyses, including those related to material handling systems, are typically purpose-built to answer specific questions and therefore have many different implementations depending on the question, the instance data, and the solver. The purpose-built nature of these models makes it difficult to integrate them into an iterative design workflow. Despite the myriad analysis implementations, the fundamental structure of these systems and their problem domain remains unchanged, suggesting that perhaps analyses could be automatically generated on demand, given an appropriate specification of the particular system to be analyzed. We apply model-based systems engineering (MBSE) methodologies to explore this possibility in the context of functional warehouse design.
Progress in Material Handling Research: 2014
McGinnis, Leon and Sprock, Timothy, "Integrating Analysis Into a Warehouse Design Workflow" (2014). 13th IMHRC Proceedings (Cincinnati, Ohio. USA – 2014). 5.