Material handling delivery in the presence of varying speed and interruptions

Min Zhang, Rajan Batta, Rakesh Nagi

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperpeer-review


Increasing attention has been paid to workflow congestion due to traffic of material handling vehicles in a manufacturing facility. In this paper, we consider the problem of simulating traffic of material transfers in the presence of varying speed and interruptions. We capture congestion effects in the simulation model at a highly detailed level including acceleration/deceleration factors, intersections and pedestrian traffic flow. Simulation experiments are conducted to explore the impact of workflow congestion on material handling time. The results indicate that the highly detailed simulation model which considers congestion effects is able to estimate material handling time more accurately than the models that ignore congestion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2010 - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Jun 5 2010Jun 9 2010


OtherIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2010


  • Material handling
  • Simulation
  • Workflow congestion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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