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Advances in Production Engineering & Management
Volume 16 | Number 2 | June 2021 | pp 223–239


Designing a warehouse internal layout using a parabolic aisles based method
Zhang, Z.Y.; Liang, Y.; Hou, Y.P.; Wang, Q.

Refined layout is a basis of warehousing efficiency. Straight aisle is a typical feature of current warehouse internal layouts. The purpose of this paper is to explore the possibility of using curve aisles for warehouse layout. By Choosing typical non-traditional layouts and transforming their inclined cross-aisle trajectory into parabola, two parabolic aisle layouts, parabolic Flying-V and parabolic Fishbone, are constructed. For unit-load warehouses, based on the morphological characteristic analysis and the parabolic types selection, the picking distance model and the cross-aisle length formula are presented. Interval Numerical Simulation Method (INSM) and Genetic Algorithms (GA) are adopted to solve the model respectively in order to verify the results. This research breaks through the realistic situation of straight aisle leading warehouse layout, and enriches the relevant layout theory. The calculation results of 100 warehouses with different sizes show that the picking distance of parabolic Flying-V could be reduced by 0.22-0.62 % compared with the straight layout, and the theoretical possible improvement space has been compressed by 2.42-12.26 %. Its length of cross-aisle is shortened by -0.03-3.10 %. The picking distance of parabolic Fishbone could be only reduced by 0.02-0.04 %. The theoretical possible improvement space has been compressed by 1.27-1.83 %. But its length of cross-aisle will increase by 4.63-19.50 % significantly. We believe that the layout of non-rectangular complex special-shaped warehouses based on curve trajectory aisles would become an important research topic. In addition, after some necessary modifications to the objectives and constraints, the proposed method in this paper may also be used for the arrangement of machines and devices in a workshop in principle.

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Keywords • Layout design; Warehouse internal layout; Parabolic aisle layout; Layout efficiency; Simulation; Optimization; Interval numerical simulation method (INSM); Genetic algorithms (GA)
Corresponding authorZhang, Z.Y.
Article history • Received 8 April 2021, Revised 26 April 2021, Accepted 5 May 2021
Published on-line • 25 June 2021

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