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IN03120412, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0522, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination INDUSTRIAL LOGISTICS
Department of reference Department of Management and Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/17 Industrial and Mechanical Plant 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
11 2019 01/10/2019 15/03/2021 PERSONA ALESSANDRO (Presidente)
BATTINI DARIA (Membro Effettivo)
10 2018 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 PERSONA ALESSANDRO (Presidente)
BATTINI DARIA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The knowledge acquired in the course of Mechanical Plants and Industrial Plants are important.
Target skills and knowledge: The course of Industrial Logistics has specific didactic objectives:
- develop competences in logistic-oriented product packaging system design;
- provide knowledge on traditional warehousing systems design and management;
- provide knowledge on automated warehousing systems;
- provide knowledge on order picking system planning and optimization, problems and methods;
- provide knowledge on product, process and plant technical innovations;
- provide knowledge on in-house material handling systems;
- provide knowledge on outbound product delivery systems and transportation;
The student will acquire the following skills:
- ability to design product packaging solutions;
- ability to innovate in-house logistics systems;
- ability to design flexible and efficient warehousing and material handling systems;
- ability to design efficient order picking systems;
- ability to develop feasibility studies on logistics system design;
- ability to design and manage product distribution networks.
Examination methods: The final written exam is made up by two parts:
- a numerical exercise
- two theoretical questions
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be based on the following three aspects:
- knowledge and capacity to apply in the numerical exercise the correct design method;
- capacity to apply correctly a quantitative approach to solve an internal or external logistics design problem inspired to a real industrial case;
- capacity to synthetize the theoretical concepts by making comparisons and discussing conclusions.
Course unit contents: Product packaging analysis and design, software for packaging design.
Traditional, semi-automated and automated warehousing system design and management: models and methods. Design of AS/RS warehouses, Vertical Lift Modules (VLM) and Miniload.
Computation of the storage capacity and handling efficiency.
Load unit allocation criteria. Class Based Storage, random and dedicated storage.
Order Picking design and optimization models.
Material handling systems design and optimization: LGV and AGV systems analysis and design.
Distribution Logistics: network design, efficiency computation, delivery routing and scheduling.
Reverse Logistics.
Discrete Event Simulation as a tool to optimize logistics systems performances.
Case Studies. The Logistic Game. Logistic managers seminars. Company visits.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lessons followed by numerical examples and exercises and industrial cases. Seminars will be held by managers. Company visits. One learning game: The Logistic Game. The students will be involved in work projects developed in teams on real case problems.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The didactic materials are:
- Lecture notes
- Suggested text book
- Scientific papers provided by the teacher
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • PERSONA, PARESCHI, FERRARI, REGATTIERI, Logistica integrata e flessibile. Bologna: Esculapio, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Action learning
  • Problem solving
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Matlab