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Rapid Storage Location Determination Routine

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102796D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cree, TL: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a software routine that rapidly finds an available bin or rack location in a storage facility, such as a warehouse.

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Rapid Storage Location Determination Routine

      Disclosed is a software routine that rapidly finds an available
bin or rack location in a storage facility, such as a warehouse.

      All locations of a storage facility are represented by a single
character.  Different sizes of location are represented by different
groups of characters and the status of the location is represented by
different characters within each group.  Status characters would
represent: Empty and available, full, empty but locked, full and
locked, temporarily unavailable, permanently unavailable and other
conditions at the choice of the user.

      Strings of characters that conform to the physical attributes
of the storage facility are combined into tables. Many storage
facilities use 'Row or Aisle', 'Bay' and 'Tier' to describe the
coordinates of bins or rack locations.  Rows are the two sides of
aisles that are accessed by manual, semi-automatic or automatic
storage machines.  Rows or aisles can be the personal access lanes to
storage.  Bays are vertical storage segments within each row or
aisle. Tiers are the storage levels within each bay.  The disclosed
routine is flexible in the construction of the character tables to
allow the logical representation to match the physical arrangement of
the facility.  Two-dimensional storage systems may be represented by
removing 'Row' or 'Tier'.

      The search routine uses an INDEX method to examine every bin or
location in the fac...