Material flow in logistic systems (MIT)


Teaching content:

  • Material flow elements (conveyor line, branching, merging)
  • Description of networked MF models with graphs, matrices, etc.
  • Queuing theory: calculation of waiting times, utilization rates, etc.
  • Storage and picking
  • Shuttle systems
  • Sorter
  • Simulation
  • Availability calculation
  • Value stream mapping

Learning objectives:

After successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe a material handling system accurately in an interview with an expert.
  • Model and parameterize the system load and the typical material flow elements.
  • From this, design a material flow system for a task.
  • Qualifiedly assess the performance of a plant in relation to the requirements.
  • Change the most important levers to influence performance in a targeted way.
  • Conceptually expand the boundaries of current methods and system components as needed.


Arnold, Dieter; Furmans, Kai: Materialfluss in Logistiksystemen; Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 7. Auflage 2019


The event is divided into 5 thematic blocks, each of which is divided into the following phases and dates:

  • Self-study
  • Exercise
  • Plenary
  • Processing case study (group work)
  • Colloquium
  • Case study discussion

The groups for the joint preparation of the case studies are determined at the beginning of the semester. The result of the case studies is presented in writing and evaluated. The result of the group work is presented in the colloquia. In addition, the understanding of the developed group solution and the contents covered in the course will be tested. Participation in the colloquia is compulsory and will be checked. For the written submission and the presentation, the group receives a joint grade; in the colloquia, the performance of each group member is assessed individually.

The final case study takes place at the end of the lecture period. This covers the entire semester content and is solved by the students in individual work on a specified attendance date with a time limit.


  • Regular attendance: 35 h
  • Self-study: 135 h
  • Group work: 100 h


The assessment of success takes the form of a different type of examination.

Language of instruction German