A closed queueing network approach to analyzing multi-vehicle material handling systems
Abbreviated Journal Title
Finite buffer queueing networks; vehicle-based material handling; CONNECTING TRANSPORT AMHS; GUIDED VEHICLE SYSTEMS; FINITE BUFFERS; ANALYTIC MODEL; WAITING-TIMES; SINGLE-DEVICE; WAFER FAB; DESIGN; LOOP; PERFORMANCE; Engineering, Industrial; Operations Research & Management Science
This article models a multi-vehicle material handling system as a closed-loop queueing network with finite buffers and general service times, where the vehicles represent the jobs in the network. This type of network differs from other queueing systems, because the vehicles' residence times on track segments (servers) depend on the number of jobs (vehicles) in circulation. A new iterative approximation algorithm is presented that estimates throughput capacity and decomposes the network consisting of S servers into S separate G/G/1 systems. Each subsystem is analyzed separately to estimate the work-in-process via a population constraint to ensure that the summation of the average buffer sizes across all servers equals the total number of vehicles. Numerical results show that the methodology proposed is accurate in a wide range of operating scenarios.
"A closed queueing network approach to analyzing multi-vehicle material handling systems" (2011). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 1715.