In this week’s Friday tip, we will look at selecting different numbers of items from two queues and assembling them into a single work item, which represents a completed order.
In this example, we will have a warehouse, which holds two different item types. The items are kept in separate stores. The warehouse receives orders for varying amounts of items 1 and 2 and a robot selects the required number of Item 1; then selects the required number of Item 2; before packing the items into a single box, ready for shipping. In this example, we will assume that the number of each part ordered is random, sampled from 2 distributions; however, this could also be driven by a spreadsheet representing client orders.
First, we model our system: