Survey and Classification of Operational Control Problems in Discrete Event Logistics Systems (DELS)
Timothy A. Sprock, Conrad E. Bock, Leon McGinnis
This paper reviews and classifies literature on operational control of discrete event logistics systems (DELS). Operational control manipulates the flow of items through a DELS. Each control problem addressed in the surveyed literature is classified based on the control decision that the analysis model is formulated to support. These control decisions are defined by abstract functional definitions focusing on analysis model inputs, outputs, and variables. This classification of control problems shows that five kinds of atomic control decisions are needed to cover the literature, either by themselves or in combination. Standard functional definitions of operational control decisions enable discovery and interoperability of decision-support analysis models.