Generic Planning and Control of Automated Material Handling Systems: Practical Requirements Versus Existing Theroy.

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Abstract

This paper discusses the problem of generic planning and control of Automated Material Handling Systems (AMHSs). The paper illustrates the relevance of this research direction, and then addresses three different market sectors where AMHSs are used. These market sectors are: baggage handling, distribution, and parcel & postal. Research in these sectors is heavily motivated by a collaboration between the authors and a major global company supplying AMHSs. The paper analyzes requirements from practice for a generic control architecture, and then reviews literature to investigate whether answers can be found for practical requirements. Next, the paper confronts theory with practice, and concludes that there is still much work to be done in this area. The paper takes the initiative to define a research direction in concrete terms, pinpoints problems to work on, and proposes an agenda for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationThe Netherlands
PublisherBETA Research School
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameBETA Working papers
PublisherUniversity of Twente, BETA Research School for Operations Management and Logistics
No.357

Keywords

  • METIS-281136
  • IR-79705
  • Automated material handling systems
  • Real-time scheduling
  • Generic control architecture

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