“Intelligent control of vehicle-based internal transport (VBIT) systems” copes with real-time dispatching and scheduling of internal-transport vehicles, such as forklifts and guided vehicles. VBIT systems can be found in warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing plants, airport and transshipment terminals. Using simulation of two realworld environments, dispatching rules described in literature and several newly introduced rules are compared on performance. The performance evaluation suggests that in environments where queue space is not a restriction, distance-based dispatching rules such as shortest-travel-distance-first outperform time-based dispatching rules such as modified-first-come-first-served and using load prearrival information has a significant positive impact on reducing the average load waiting time. Experimental results also reveal that multi-attribute dispatching rules combining distance and time aspects of vehicles and loads are robust to variations in working conditions. In addition, multi-attribute rules which take vehicle empty travel distance and vehicle requirement at a station into account perform very well in heavy-traffic VBIT systems such as baggage handling systems. Besides dispatching rules, the potential contribution of dynamic vehicle scheduling for VBIT systems is investigated. Experiments using simulation in combination with optimization show that when sufficient pre-arrival information is available a dynamic scheduling approach outperforms the dispatching approach. This thesis also evaluates the impact of guide-path layout, load arrival rate and variance, and the amount of load pre-arrival information on different vehicle control approaches (scheduling and dispatching). Based on experimental results, recommendations for selecting appropriate vehicle control approaches for specific situations are presented.

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Keywords Vehicle-based internal transport, airport terminals, dispatching rules, distribution centers, dynamic vehicle scheduling, heuristics, operational control, production plants, rolling horizon, simulation, transshipment terminals, warehouses
JEL Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting (jel M), Production Management (jel M11), Transportation Systems (jel R4)
Publisher Erasmus University Rotterdam
Sponsor Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam School of Management. Promotors: Prof.dr. M.B.M. de Koster, Prof.dr.ir. R. Dekker. Other members: Prof.dr. S.L. van de Velde, Prof.dr.ir. J. Ashayeri, Prof.dr. Y. Pochet.
ISBN 978-90-5892-079-9
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/6554
Series ERIM Ph.D. Series Research in Management
Note Also: TRAIL Thesis series T2005/2, The Netherlands TRAIL Research School
Le-Anh, T. (2005, April 21). Intelligent Control of Vehicle-Based Internal Transport Systems (No. 51). ERIM Ph.D. Series Research in Management. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/6554