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Shuttle systems are used in high performance automated storage/retrieval unit load systems. Each storage level is serviced by one transfer car travelling in dual command operation. One buffer slot is located at both ends of each level. This decouples horizontal travel from vertical input/output moves, which in this case requires two independent vertical reciprocating lifts at each end of the aisle. Other systems work with only one lift used in lower throughput applications. The content of this paper is treated in the following sections starting with a problem definition and a literature survey. This is followed by a detailed functional description of the system investigated here. A predictive model with analytical equations is derived for simplified calculations and a comparison with simulation results. A summary, conclusions and an outlook finalize the paper.


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Progress in Material Handling Research: 2014