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Global Logistics (formerly Basics in Material Handling and Logistics)

Global Logistics (formerly Basics in Material Handling and Logistics)
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semester: Summer 2019

Building 50.38, Selmayr-HS


Mo (08.04.2019), 08:00 - 13:00

Di (09.04.2019), 08:00 - 13:00

Mi (10.04.2019), 08:00 - 13:00

Do (11.04.2019), 08:00 - 11:15

Fr (12.04.2019), 08:00 - 11:15

start: 03.04.2017

Dörr, Kivelä, Zimmermann


Oral Examination, duration 20 min, date: 17. April 2019


Lecture notes and supporting literature will be provided in ILIAS

Attention: In 2019, the whole lecture will take place in one week (08.-12. April 2019)!

Successful management of material flow systems promises a high potential for realizing new economic competitive advantages. Knowledge of existing methods and the latest trends is a key prerequisite for successfully implementing, refining and disseminating material flow management approaches. The aim of the lecture is to equip the students with an up-to-date overview of the material flow management and its methodology. In this lecture theoretical knowledge is enhanced with practical examples.

Learning Outcomes
The student:

  • understands basic material flow processes,
  • is able to model material flow systems in simple models,
  • knows how to determine essential performance indicators like throughput, utilization, etc.
  • has the basis knowledge necessary to understand logistic systems,
  • knows algorithms and is able to apply them to basic logistic problems.

Conveyor Systems

  • Basic elements of conveyor systems
  • Key figures
  • Branching elements
    - continuous/partially-continuous
    - deterministic/stochastic switch
  • Integration elements
    - continuous/partially-continuous
    - dispatching rules
  • Sorting systems
    - Limiting and operational throughput

Queueing Theory and Production Logistics

  • Basic queueing systems
  • Distributions
  • M|M|1 and M|G|1 model
  • Application on production logistics

Distribution Centers and Order Picking

  • The location problem
  • Distribution centers
  • Inventory management
  • Warehouse construction design
  • Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems?
  • Order picking
  • Vehicle Routing
  • Types of vehicle routing problems
  • Linear programming model and graph theoretic model
  • Heuristics
  • Supporting technologies

Optimization of Logistical Networks

  • Objectives
  • Cooperative strategies
  • Supply chain management
  • Implementation


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