On a class of order pick strategies in paternosters

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Litvak, Nelly and Adan, Ivo (2002) On a class of order pick strategies in paternosters. Operations Research Letters, 30 (6). pp. 377-386. ISSN 0167-6377

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Abstract:We study the travel time needed to pick n items in a paternoster, operating under the m-step strategy. This means that the paternoster chooses the shortest route among the ones that change direction at most once, and after collecting at most m items. For random pick positions, we find the distribution and moments of the travel time, provided n>2m. It appears that, already for m=2, the m-step strategy is very close to optimal, and better than the nearest item heuristic.
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Copyright:© 2002 Elsevier
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Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/71580
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0167-6377(02)00154-2
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