Automatic Scheduling Optimization Solution in Distribution Centre


This is the intelligent production management system developed by FLAIR to provide high-quality and efficient job-scheduling and planning solutions for discrete manufacturing.

  • Automatic Scheduling Optimization Solution in Distribution Centre 0
Commercialisation opportunities
Technology licensing agreement
Problem addressed

Due to the high rental and labour costs, automation has been introduced into warehouse management for recent years. To make the system smarter, a more efficient job-scheduling and planning solution could further optimize the overall throughput and/or tardiness which directly minimize costs and maximize productivity.

  • Fast pulling product strategy based on crossover particle swarm optimization
  • Advanced product shelving strategy based on order statistics or evenly distributed criteria
  • Minimize costs and maximize productivity
Key impact
  • The system can find out the comparatively optimal solution to minimize the total processing time from pulling products from the shelves to packaging ready for delivery with a great number of constraints
  • Distribution centres
  • Logistics and warehouse management


  • PRC Patent No. 115293670A

The Hong Kong Industrial Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Centre (FLAIR) is established by the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) at the Hong Kong Science Park and is part of AIR@InnoHK, which is one of the two world-class research clusters being established by InnoHK Clusters of the HKSAR Government, to support Hong Kong in developing into an international innovation and technology hub.

FLAIR aims to engender synergy and achieve a clustering effect by attracting top-notch local, Mainland and overseas research institutions to engage in research collaboration. It will also actively approach private enterprises and industry associations for consultation and solicit their involvement in FLAIR’s work to ensure its industry orientation in addressing major R&D problems encountered by the industries in AI adoption.

As the sole founder, HKPC works together with RWTH Aachen Campus of Germany, the major collaborator of FLAIR, by bundling their strengths and repertoire of resources in technical expertise, networks, innovation and patents etc. to set up the FLAIR and support its operation.

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