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Storage-Retrieval Interleaving in Automatic Warehousing Systems


  • Stephen C. Graves

    (University of Rochester)

  • Warren H. Hausman

    (University of Rochester)

  • Leroy B. Schwarz

    (University of Rochester)


This paper extends work previously reported on storage assignment rules for automatic warehousing systems to include interleaving; that is, the sequencing of storage and retrieve requests. Using both continuous analytical models and discrete evaluation procedures, this paper compares the operating performance of several storage assignment/interleaving policies. The results indicate that significant reductions in crane travel time (and distance) are obtainable in some real-world and/or previously modeled situations via the proposed storage assignment/interleaving policies. These reductions may be directly translated into increased throughput capacity for existing systems. The storage assignment/interleaving policies may also be used to improve the design of proposed systems to achieve a more desirable balance between throughput and storage capacity. Although the system examined is a high-rise automatic warehouse, the results presented have implications for the warehousing function in general.

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  • Stephen C. Graves & Warren H. Hausman & Leroy B. Schwarz, 1977. "Storage-Retrieval Interleaving in Automatic Warehousing Systems," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 23(9), pages 935-945, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:23:y:1977:i:9:p:935-945

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