Modeling and simulation of retrieving process

Chin Shih, José Júnior


This paper presents a model of PDC, developed in Arena® 5.0, which aims at providing
information about the total time of the retrieving process as the system is working under
unexpected situations. This time is influenced by several variables such as shelves
dimensions, routing velocity and mass of the parts. Elaborated solutions are presented to
model those variables emphasizing the route, which is considered as the main factor that
influences the process time. The results obtained in simulations make understandable the
dynamic system and are also capable of supporting managers in decisions such as
estimating the required number of employees responsible to order consolidation. It is also
possible to establish relationship among pattern flow and random movement for several
sizes of companies.


Retrieving items; Discrete-event simulation; Management

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