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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



Mon (27.04.2020), 08:00 - 17:00

Tue (28.04.2020), 08:00 - 17:00

Wed (29.04.2020), 08:00 - 17:00

Thu (30.04.2020), 08:00 - 17:00

start: 27.04.2020

Tommi Kivelä
Olaf Zimmermann
Christoph Jacobi
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Furmans


Oral Examination


The course Global Logistics will be held as an online lecture. The course will be organized as follows:

◉ The contents of the course, which would have been presented in the lectures, will be previously recorded and provided as video. The contents will be divided into 10-15 minute long sections.

◉ A lecture plan is available on ILIAS which assigns the schedule to the contents to be discussed. An introduction to the lecture will be given as an online lecture in Zoom. Further information and the link for participation can also be found in the ILIAS course.

◉ The lecture slides of the whole course can be downloaded from ILIAS. We aim to upload the videos of the respective sessions one week before the start of the course.

◉ On the scheduled exercise dates, there will be an online event with the help of zoom, where we will be happy to answer your questions.

Information: The course will be held as an online lecture, i.e. all lectures and exercises will be published on ILIAS. If you would like to participate in the course, please join the ILIAS course by April 09.

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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