This paper describes a method for the design of an order picking system in a manufacturing environment. Unlike order picking systems in warehouses, there is almost no literature available concerning picking systems in a manufacturing environment. We start by defining the needed input parameters, followed by a parts classification method. This leads to the calculation of arder specifications (order lines, volume, weight,...). The needed throughput, available floor space and associated costs then define the most appropiate order picking system under the given dircumstances. This model has been implemented for flowracks, VLM, Horizontal and Vertical Carroussels. A model for AS/RS systems will be configured and the obtained results will be compared to real data from a manufacturing organization.
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