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Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society - Volume 2014 2014, Article ID 242958, 11 pages -

Research Article

School of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410075, China

School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, East China Jiaotong University, Nanchang, Jiangxi 330013, China

Received 25 February 2014; Revised 16 May 2014; Accepted 21 May 2014; Published 22 June 2014

Academic Editor: Gualberto Solís-Perales

Copyright © 2014 Xiangbin Xu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Previous works on the dynamics of bucket brigades have mainly focused on linear production systems or tree-shaped assembly systems with insignificant walk-back time, but this assumption is invalid for most city picking systems. We propose a two-truck bucket brigade tree-shaped picking system when truck walk-back time is significant and analyze the dynamics of the system in each region of the parameter space, showing that relatively complex picking systems can enjoy the benefit of self-balance with minimal managerial intervention and provide insights and operating principles for the implementation and management of the bucket brigade picking system.





Author: Xiangbin Xu, Caige Xu, and Feng Shi

Source: https://www.hindawi.com/



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