Performance Availability Analysis of Autonomous Intralogistic Systems: An Agent-based Simulation Approach

Güller M., Cesur E., Hegmanns T.

in: Simulation in Production and Logistics 2015, Markus Rabe,Uwe Clausen, Editor, Fraunhofer Verlag, Stuttgart, pp.207-218, 2015

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Publisher: Fraunhofer Verlag
  • City: Stuttgart
  • Page Numbers: pp.207-218
  • Editors: Markus Rabe,Uwe Clausen, Editor


In recent years, the ability to respond to real time changes in operations, agility in the turbulent market environment, and reconfigurability in equipment are likely to become essential characteristics for next generation intralogistics systems to deal with the dynamic environment. The Cellular Transport System (CTS) that aims to cope with these new requirements provides an efficient way to increase the flexibility and changeability of intralogistics systems. The main objective of this paper is to analyse the performance availability of the Cellular Transport System under various pre-defined scenarios in order to support the design process. Since analytical models have several simplifications and constraints, agent-based simulation (ABS) is used to evaluate the performance. Our results show that delays due to collisions between agents significantly impact throughput capacity, cycle times and performance availability.