Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-1997

Degree Name

Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering - (M.S.)


Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

First Advisor

George Hanna Abdou

Second Advisor

Athanassios K. Bladikas

Third Advisor

One-Jang Jeng


Palletization is a very important element of production, distribution and warehousing activities. The 3D random stacking palletization method is based on volume utilization instead of surface area optimization. Random stacking provides interlocking among the boxes and hence it improves the stability of the pallet load. Volumetric Pallet Utilization is normally the prime concern of any palletization process, with Work in Process and Palletization time being also important. This research uses data generated from a previous heuristic to establish mathematical relationships between the three mentioned performance indices and also three additional indirect variables, namely: Total Number of Sub Volumes, Partitioned Remaining Volume Load Capacity and Total Zero Count. An Estimation method for Volumetric Pallet Utilization is also developed by using the established mathematical relationships.

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Manufacturing Commons