Y. Zeinaly, B. De Schutter, and H. Hellendoorn, "A model predictive control approach for the line balancing in baggage handling systems," Proceedings of the 13th IFAC Symposium on Control in Transportation Systems (CTS'2012), Sofia, Bulgaria, pp. 215-220, Sept. 2012.
This paper proposes an efficient solution approach for the line balancing problem in state-of-the-art baggage handling systems that are based on destination coded vehicles that transport the bags from their origins to their destinations. First, a simple event-driven model of the process is presented. Next, this model is applied within the context of model predictive control to determine the optimal number of destination coded vehicles to be dispatched from the central depot to each loading station. The performance criterion is minimizing the overall baggage waiting time as well as the energy consumption.