More and more warehouses shift towards the use of automated systems. One such system is a miniload system. In this system, a crane retrieves bins from their storage locations and brings the bins to the picking station, where a worker takes the requested products from the retrieved bins. After a product has been picked, the bin is put back by the crane in its original location. A buffer is present at the picking station to absorb fluctuations in speed between the picker and the crane. The problem of scheduling jobs in this system has received little attention in the literature. We describe system properties and give insight in the performance of a number of heuristics.
Progress in Material Handling Research: 2016
Baardman, Lennart and Roodbergen, Kees Jan, "Job Sequencing in a Miniload System" (2016). 14th IMHRC Proceedings (Karlsruhe, Germany – 2016). 3.