Special Issue "Advanced Digital Technology in Logistics Engineering"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Industrial Technologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Tone Lerher
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Laboratory for Cognitive Systems in Logistics, Faculty of Logistics, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Interests: Intralogistics and Warehousing 4.0; automated warehouses; warehouse design and control; material handling systems; mobile collaborative robots in intralogistics; analytical and numerical modeling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The development trend in logistics engineering is based on the development of new technologies, the introduction of information and communications technology (ICT), the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the concept of Industry 4.0 with its high degree of automation and robotization. Together with an interdisciplinary scientific approach, they create the conditions for new possibilities and dimensions using advanced and environmentally friendly technologies.

This Special Issue welcomes articles from transportation and logistics engineering with advanced digital technologies, covering a wide range of aspects such as intelligent transportation systems, autonomous vehicle storage and retrieval systems, robotized warehouse systems, human–machine interaction in warehousing, and artificial intelligence in logistics.

Contributions on both methodology and applied research related to transport and logistics engineering are equally welcomed, including analytical methods and numerical models for decision-making problems, and their application.

Prof. Dr. Tone Lerher
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Intralogistics
  • Warehouses (AS/RS, AVS/RS, SBS/RS, VLM)
  • Material handling systems in intralogistics
  • Automated (intelligent) material and part handling systems
  • Automated material and part identification
  • Warehouse layout
  • Warehouse design, routing, and product allocation
  • Single, double- and multi-deep storage systems
  • Design, control, and optimization of warehouse systems
  • Robotized warehouse systems
  • Robotic mobile fulfillment systems
  • Collaborative robots in intralogistics
  • Exoskeletons in intralogistics
  • Integrated warehouse systems
  • Human–machine interaction in warehousing
  • Warehouse sustainability
  • Order picking systems
  • Automated order picking systems
  • Human factors in order picking
  • Automated guided vehicles (AGV's)
  • Pick support AGVs
  • Artificial intelligence in logistics
  • Computer vision in logistics
  • Machine learning in logistics
  • Sensors, actuators and robots in logistics
  • Collaborative robots in logistics
  • Mobile collaborative robots in logistics
  • Multiagent systems in logistics
  • Digital twin models in logistics
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Industry 4.0
  • Physical internet
  • Sustainability of logistic operations

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Measurement and Analysis of Vibration Levels in Stacked Small Package Shipments in Delivery Vans as a Function of Free Movement Space
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(21), 7821; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10217821 - 04 Nov 2020
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In recent years there has been a very significant increase in parcel delivery shipments all over the world. Moreover, this mode of delivery, in some cases, is facing a very intensive flow of goods, such as in annual festive seasons or, for instance, [...] Read more.
In recent years there has been a very significant increase in parcel delivery shipments all over the world. Moreover, this mode of delivery, in some cases, is facing a very intensive flow of goods, such as in annual festive seasons or, for instance, in situations like COVID-19 when personal purchase of goods is strictly limited in malls. This often means that delivery vehicles operate at almost full capacity, and many same or different kinds of packages are therefore stacked in small delivery vehicles. In this study, we measured and analyzed the vibration levels that occur in smaller stacks of packages in parcel delivery shipments, paying particular attention to those circumstances such as stacking layers and free movement spaces that can affect the vibration in different layers of packages. The goal of this paper was to provide information about the vibration levels that occur in smaller stacks of packages that are not unitized and fixed, as is common in parcel transportation. The recorded vibration events were analyzed in terms of power spectral densities (PSDs) and supplied with statistical data of acceleration events to provide an understanding of the variability of intensity. Based on the results of this study, PSD spectra were developed for various free movement conditions, as well as spectra for each layer in the stacked parcel package shipment. The results showed that the vibration level increases in the stacked load upwards and with an increase of free space of possible movement. The results of this study can be used to simulate the measured vibration conditions in laboratory tests conducted on courier express parcel shipments. Full article
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Measurement and Analysis of Vibration Levels for Truck Transport Environment in Korea
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(19), 6754; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10196754 - 27 Sep 2020
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The first step in the appropriate packaging design of food, agricultural and industrial products is to conduct an accurate simulation of the vehicle transport environment, in which a power spectral density (PSD) profile is applied. Although several researchers have mentioned the limitations of [...] Read more.
The first step in the appropriate packaging design of food, agricultural and industrial products is to conduct an accurate simulation of the vehicle transport environment, in which a power spectral density (PSD) profile is applied. Although several researchers have mentioned the limitations of PSD-based simulation, it is still widely used because accelerated test conditions can be easily generated from the PSD acquired from a particular transport section. In this study, three representative trucks and transport test routes of domestic freight transport were selected to develop a simulation protocol for a truck transport environment in Korea. These studies are needed to compare domestic transport vibration levels with those presented by the International Standards (ASTM: West Conshohocken, USA, ISTA: Chicago, USA) and to simulate damage to packaged products by domestic transport environments. The composite PSD profile for the truck transport environment was established by dividing it into high-and low-level composite PSD profiles representing the top 30% and lower 70%, respectively, of the measured vibration events based on the root-mean-square acceleration (rms G) of the measured vibration events. Also, the effects of these variables on the truck vibration level were analyzed by extracting data corresponding to the truck’s pre-planned travel speed and road conditions in the vibration records measured on the test route. Moreover, kurtosis, skewness, and normal quantile-quantity (Q-Q) analyses were conducted to understand the statistical characteristics of Korea’s truck transport environment. Statistical analysis showed that the measured vibration events had a heavy-tailed distribution and skewed to the right, causing dissymmetry. The overall rms G of the developed high-level and low-level composite PSD profiles in the range from 1 to 250 Hz were 0.47 and 0.32 for leaf-spring trucks and 0.30 and 0.14 for air-ride trucks, respectively. Full article
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