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Mathematical modeling — more complex in warehouse design than in sizing a church or synagogue — helps find the balance between peak and normal activities to right-size the distribution center and its material handling equipment.

By · November 3, 2016

The engineers who design distribution centers (DCs) and the architects who design churches and synagogues have more in common than you might think.

In Christian congregations, attendance mushrooms for services on Christmas and Easter. The largest attendance at Jewish synagogues occurs on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. If architects based their plans on these peaks, these organizations would invest in square footage, seating and equipment that went unused most of the year.

To right-size their designs, smart architects analyze average weekly attendance and factor in extra space based on careful estimates of how many people will join the congregation. This ensures that everyone who attends services during 50 weeks of the year can be accommodated. During the two weeks of peak attendance, extra services can be scheduled or special arrangements can be made for overflow seating.

This same principle applies to warehouses and the material handling equipment (MHE) they house: plans must be made for peak capacities but designing for those capacities can result in unused resources during much of the year.

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