Syllabus

Course Description: Logistics is an important link in supply chain of a product. Logistics within a factory and warehouse facilities is carried out by automated storage and retrieval systems like conveyors and automated guided vehicles (AGV).

This course is about basic principles and development of automated material handling and storage systems, generalized logistics processes, mechanical design parameters of handling systems, automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), types of ASRS systems, mechanical design considerations of ASRS systems, vertical carousel, horizontal carousel, fixed aisle robotics, automated guided vehicles (AGV), mechatronic design of handling and storage systems, sensing the loads and movement, connecting ASRS to the factory and corporate information systems, role of ASRS systems in Industry 4.0, applications of ASRS systems.

Course Objectives: The aim of this course is to explain basic principles and development of automated material handling and storage systems in connection with the logistics processes, to explain theories governing the mechanical design parameters of handling systems, to explain theories governing the mechanical design parameters of handling systems, to explain relations between vertical carousel, horizontal carousel, fixed aisle robotics, automated guided vehicles (AGV), to introduce mechatronic design of handling and storage systems, sensing the loads and movement with sensing technology, to introduce mechatronic design of handling and storage systems, sensing the loads and movement with sensing technology and be able to apply them to their work.

Course Material: Text book and reference material are listed in the following page.  Besides, lecture notes will be posted on the course web site (possibly before the lecture hour) as pdf files.  These files will include PowerPoint slides presented in the class.  Study sets will be posted on course’s moodle web site when needed.  It is strictly recommended that the students review the topics in moodle for their benefit. 

Examinations: There will be 1 mid-term examination, 1 final examination, and homework and project.  

Term project: There will be a term project covering the fundamental issues of ASRS system design.  In this project, the students are expected to solve an ASRS design problem.

Attendance: According to the university regulations, students must attend at least 70 % of the lecture hours.  Otherwise, the student gets NA (Not attended) from the course.  Valid excuses are exempt from computation of these percentages.

Apart from the university regulations, it is of student’s benefit to attend all of the lecture hours.  In fact, the students are expected to attend all of the sessions throughout the semester, since the sessions follow a series of applications.

Grading: Final grade will be over 100 points.  Weight of each grading item will be as below.

Homework

 

10 %

MT-1

 

30 %

Project

 

20 %

Attendance

 

5 %

Final

 

35 %

Total

 

100 %

 

All the announcements, including the examination dates will be posted on the moodle web site.

Text Book:

  1. Introduction to Materials Handling, Siddharta Ray, Siddharta Ray, ISBN 978-81-224-2554-3

 

Reference Books:

  1. Materials Handling Equipment, N. Rudenko,A. Troitsky,, Central Books Ltd.2002 ISBN 0714702854

 

Tentative weekly course schedule:

week

Lecture Topic

week 1

Introduction and Basic Principles of Automated Material Handling and Storage Systems

week 2

Development of Automated Material Handling and Storage Systems

week 3

Generalized Theories Governing the Mechanical Design Parameters of Handling Systems

week 4

Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) and Its Types

week 5

Vertical Carousel, Horizontal Carousel Design Considerations

week 6

Fixed aisle robotics, Automated guided vehicles (AGV) Design Considerations

week 7

Mechatronic Design of Handling and Storage Systems

week 8

Sensing Technologies Used in Material Handling and ASRS

week 9

Handling and ASRS Mechanical Parts Analysis

week 10

Software and Hardware Intervention in ASRS 

week 11

Applications of ASRS

week 12

Connecting ASRS to Factory Automation and Information Systems

week 13

ASRS and Industry 4.0

week 14

Business Opportunities and Future Directions in ASRS Systems