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Abstract

A mathematical model of the transport component of the milk assembly operation is developed which relates the cost and energy requirements of milk assembly to the parameters of a given assembly operation, in particular the average size of supplier and the density of suppliers. A major feature of this model is that it allows an optimal truck size to be calculated and this allows the effects of changes in truck size to be incorporated in subsequent analyses. This model is used to estimate the likely fuel and cost savings in the transport operation from the rationalisation of catchment areas between collection agencies. It is also used to estimate the savings in fuel and cost in the transport operation due to less frequent collection of milk. These savings are compared to the increased fuel use and costs on farms due to less frequent collection. The application of computer routing techniques to the milk assembly operation is also considered. Four commercial routing packages were selected and tested on two problems, one theoretical and one practical. Some of the special features of the use of computer packages in the milk assembly area were considered.

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Authors: HERLIHY P, AN FORAS TALUNTAIS, ECONOMIC & RURAL WELFARE RESEARCH CENTRE, DUBLIN (IRELAND);DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (IRELAND);PITTS E, AN FORAS TALUNTAIS, ECONOMIC & RURAL WELFARE RESEARCH CENTRE, DUBLIN (IRELAND);DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (IRELAND);BUTLER M AN FORAS TALUNTAIS, ECONOMIC & RURAL WELFARE RESEARCH CENTRE, DUBLIN (IRELAND), AN FORAS TALUNTAIS, ECONOMIC & RURAL WELFARE RESEARCH CENTRE, DUBLIN (IRELAND);DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (IRELAND);DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (IRELAND), AN FORAS TALUNTAIS, ECONOMIC & RURAL WELFARE RESEARCH CENTRE, DUBLIN (IRELAND);DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (IRELAND)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 9272 EN (1984) MF, 130 P., BFR 240, BLOW-UP COPY BFR 650, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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Record Number: 1989122100200 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en