Design of a RFID case-based resource management system for warehouse operations

Harry K.H. Chow, King Lun Tommy Choy, Wing Bun Lee, K. C. Lau

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Abstract

In the past, the selection of resources to execute various warehouse operation services was done solely by experts. In this paper, a RFID-based Resource Management System (RFID-RMS) is designed to help users to select the most suitable resource usage packages for handling warehouse operation orders by retrieving and analysing useful knowledge from a case-based data warehouse for solutions in both time saving and cost effective manner. In addition, a pure integral-linear programming model using a branch and bound algorithm to define the optimum travel distance of forklifts is also developed and embedded in the proposed system. The proposed system, which is suitable for usage in a warehouse operation environment, enhances the effectiveness in formulating resource usage package and managing resource operation by integrating the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), case-based reasoning (CBR) technologies and the programming model for forklift route optimization. Through applying RFID-RMS in the GENCO Distribution System, a multinational logistics company, the utilization of warehouse resources is expected to be maximized while work efficiency will be greatly enhanced.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-576
Number of pages16
JournalExpert Systems with Applications
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2006

Keywords

  • Case-based reasoning
  • Resource management
  • RFID technology
  • Route optimization
  • Warehouse operations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence

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