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Performance Availability and Anticipatory Change Planning of Intralogistics Systems: A Simulation-Based Approach

  1. M.Sc. Mustafa Gueller Lehrstuhl für Unternehmenslogistik, Fakultät Maschinenbau,TU Dortmund
  2. Dr.-Ing. Tobias Hegmanns Lehrstuhl für Unternehmenslogistik, Fakultät Maschinenbau,TU Dortmund
  3. Prof. i. R. Dr.-Ing. Axel Kuhn Lehrstuhl für Unternehmenslogistik, Fakultät Maschinenbau,TU Dortmund


In recent years, the ability to respond to real time changes in operations and reconfigurability in equipment are likely to become essential characteristics for next generation intralogistics systems as well as the level of automation, cost effectiveness and maximum throughput. In order to cope with turbulences and the increasing level of dynamic conditions, future intralogistics systems have to feature short reaction times, high flexibility in processes and the ability to adapt to frequent changes. The increasing autonomy and complexity in processes of today’s intralogistics systems requires new and innovative management approaches, which allow a fast response to (un)anticipated events and adaptation to changing environment in order to reduce the negative consequences of these events. The ability of a system to respond effectively a disruption depends more on the decisions taken before the event than those taken during or after. In this context, anticipatory change planning can be a usable approach for managers to make contingency plans for intralogistics systems to deal with the rapidly changing marketplace. This paper proposes a simulation-based decision making framework for the anticipatory change planning of intralogistics systems. This approach includes the quantitative assessments based on the simulation in defined scenarios as well as the analysis of performance availability that combines the flexibility corridors of different performance dimensions. The implementation of the approach is illustrated on a new intralogistics technology called the Cellular Transport System.




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