In the paper at hand, we analyze the planning of manually operated storage systems consisting of different storage areas. When solving design problems like dimensioning or equipment selection, the assignment of goods to storage areas has to be considered. Based on a general model to describe the geometry and performance calculation of a warehouse, we present a heuristic approach to assign goods to storage areas while simultaneously determining the design of the storage areas in a way that generates the lowest running costs. Our approach aims to support planners during the rough planning stage by providing a quick overview of different solution alternatives. To evaluate our approach, we apply it to an example from industrial practice.
Progress in Material Handling Research: 2016
Staab, Tobias and Gunthner, Willibad A., "A Heuristic Approach to Storage System Design With Simultaneous Assignment of Goods" (2016). 14th IMHRC Proceedings (Karlsruhe, Germany – 2016). 30.