Performance Modeling for a Single Material Handling Device with Random Service Requests — Blocking with Recourse
In this chapter, a manufacturing cell is studied in which a single device provides movement between a number of distinct locations and temporary storage is provided between work centers. For the cell under consideration, a bootstrapping strategy is proposed for analyzing the performance of the material handling device. The bootstrapping strategy is based on a finite network of queues model. The proposed strategy is evaluated by means of a computational study. Results from the proposed strategy are compared to results obtained from a high-fidelity discrete event simulation for a microload automated storage/retrieval (AS/R) system.
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