Efficient materials Handling of component parts

Ralph Hamers, Ruud Heuts, Maarten Jan Van Gerven, Willem Selen, Tom Van Cleemput

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A method to improve the materials handling function of an automotive manufacturing plant was developed to minimize the distance components are transported from receiving points to relevant work centers at the assembly line, taking into consideration intermittent stockrooms. The procedure calls for similar groups of items to be stored in a selected stockroom so that scattering of individual items over multiple locations is avoided. A test study demonstrated the computational feasibility of the procedure and its potential for substantial cost savings, as well as making it suitable for problems with large numbers of items, receiving points, stockroom locations, and work centers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-70
Number of pages5
JournalProduction and inventory management Washington, D.C.
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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