Accession Number : AD0754161

Title :   A Computer Simulation Study of the Economic Impact of Automatic Bin Storage and Retrieval Systems on DOD Warehouses.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Fiscus, John Edwin

Report Date : OCT 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 177

Abstract : A possible means of reducing the level of annual dollar expenditures for storage and warehousing within the Department of Defense is that of reducing the labor manhours required. In this regard, the objective of the research was to evaluate the performance characteristics of automatic bin storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) and to investigate the potential cost reductions that might accrue from the application of these systems to DoD bin storage facilities. Random number of 'Monte Carlo' computer simulation techniques are employed in constructing the model of the ASRS. The effect on transaction rate of variations in carrier velocity, acceleration, positioning at the bin, as well as variations in storage area dimensions are observed and presented in graphical format. An economic analysis model, based on empirically derived labor savings, is used to compute the projected economic impact of an ASRS upon representative DoD depots. (Author)

Descriptors :   *INVENTORY CONTROL, WAREHOUSES, AUTOMATION, DATA PROCESSING, STORAGE, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, MANPOWER, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, THESES.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Cybernetics
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE