Simulation Method in Research on Material-Flow in a Warehouse

Mariusz Kostrzewski


This paper presents an attempt to apply the simulation model in the study of the dynamic aspects of material-flow in a warehouse. At first the research approach was briefly subjected under explanation and literature review was given. Then simulation tools are noted and various stages of the simulation research procedure, developed by the author of the paper, are discussed. The general way of construction and the use of the simulation model are also described. The paper contains several conclusions based on results of simulation runs as well as suggestions of topics for further study.


simulation model; warehouse designing; research approach

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