Scientific paper ID 1671 : 2018/3

Vesselin Daskalov

This article examines the potential, advantages, disadvantages, architecture and technology of cross-docking by road carriers and draws attention to the issues that might cause problems in its application. Overcoming these problems s the successful solving of three main groups of tasks:

- Strategical – for the selection of the shape of the cross-docking terminal and to determine the size and number, purpose and location of its doors,

- Tactical - to plan the passage of the freight flows through the cross-docking terminal, with minimal mileage traveled of the manipulation technique,

- Operational - for creating the schedules for unloading and loading of the vehicles.

Methods are suggested for the solving of each set of tasks, and the conditions are set for how the solutions should be answered, and articles are cited.

The end of the article presents an idea about the structure and tasks of the individual modules of the real-time expert system for choosing a situation-appropriate solution, from a library with already resolved tactical and operational tasks, with different combinations of freight flows and requests for loading and unloading of vehicles.

манипулиране на товари крос-докинг складmaterial handling process cross-docking warehousVesselin Daskalov


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