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Subject: LOGISTIC SIMULATION LAB (A.A. 2024/2025)


Course year 2
Teaching units Unit Logistic Simulation Lab
To be chosen by the student (laboratory)
  • TAF: Optional subjects SSD: NN CFU: 6
Teachers: Marco BORTOLINI
Exam type written
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language inglese
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The Course is intended for training students in the knowledge and use of operative dynamic tools supporting the logistic and production decision-making process. Detailed skills are about the design and management of inbound and outbound activities for process and manufacturing industry. It is also included the design and analysis of the tertiary sector and high-value service companies.

The goal of the Course is the performance and economic optimization of production processes, as a whole, to reduce global annual costs due to inefficiencies, bottlenecks and inaccuracies coming from the preventive static phase of the feasibility study.

Admission requirements

Students can take advantage of having attended the Industrial Plants and Industrial Logistics courses (SSD ING-IND/17).

Course contents

The Course aims at fully understand and use the AutomodTM tool with the final purpose to develop in an adequate dynamic simulation environment the following aspects about manufacturing processes:
- Conveyor systems;
- Material handling systems;
-Flexible Manufacturing Systems;
- Flexible Assembly lines;
- Manual and automatic warehouse systems;
- Supply chain and logistic systems.

Teaching methods

The Course is applicative and it is developed in the ICT lab so that Students can “learn-by-doing” the AutomodTM tool.

Assessment methods

Full development, in working groups of max. 3 Students, of on-going case studies and of a final project simulating a production system.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the Participants will be able to:
- Understand the concepts underlying process simulation;
- Know the range and capabilities of simulation;
- Create a simulation of a complex production system;
- Produce and interpret a simulation report;
- Realize and analyse What-If scenarios.


Brooks Automation, Inc., “Automod User's guide Volumes 1 and 2, 2003.

Jerry Banks, “Getting Started with AutoModTM”, Brooks Automation, Inc., 2004.

Brooks Automation, Inc., “Beginning AutoModTM Tutorial”,, 2003.

J. Banks, J. S. Carson, B. L. Nelson, “Discrete­event system simulation (2nd ed.)”, Upper Saddle River, N.J., Prentice Hall, 1996.

A.Pareschi, E.Ferrari, A.Persona, A.Regattieri, “Logistica Integrata e Flessibile”, Ed.Esculapio (in italiano)

Pareschi A., “Impianti industriali”, Progetto Leonardo, Società Editrice Esculapio, Bologna (in italiano)

Chung a. C., "Simulation modeling handbook", CRC Press, USA2004.

P. A. Fishwick, “Simulation Model Design and Execution”

C.G. Cassandras, S. Lafortune, “Introduction to Discrete Event Systems”