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Publication Citation: Metrics for Mixed Pallet Stacking

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Author(s): Stephen B. Balakirsky; Thomas R. Kramer; Frederick M. Proctor;
Title: Metrics for Mixed Pallet Stacking
Published: January 31, 2011
Abstract: Stacking boxes of various sizes and contents on pallets (i.e. making mixed pallets) is a primary method of preparing goods for shipment from a warehouse to a store or other distant site. Many billions of dollars are spent each year in preparing, shipping, and unloading mixed pallets. Designing the load on a pallet well can save money and e ort in all three phases. But what is a good design? In this paper we discuss quantitative metrics for mixed pallets. We have built a graphical simulator called PalletViewer, also described here, that displays pallets being built and calculates metrics.
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2010 Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems (PerMIS) Workshop
Pages: pp. 59 - 66
Location: Baltimore, MD
Dates: September 28-30, 2010
Keywords: Palletizing; Simulation; Metrics; Mixed; Pallet
Research Areas: Simulation, Metrology and Standards for Manufacturing Equipment, Model-based manufacturing, Manufacturing
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