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Date of Submission

Spring 4-26-2022

Project Type

Senior Design

Major

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Department

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Primary Advisor

Dr. Adeel Khalid

Abstract

MergiCold is an innovative subcontractor providing cold storage metal panels and installation services for temperature-controlled warehouses. Founded during the year 2022, the company is based in Atlanta, Georgia and operates by delivering insulated metal panels for hoisting partitions, ceilings, and flooring of cold storage warehouses at various project sites. A major development has been the expansion of materials delivered nationwide and internationally, to Mexico and Canada. As a result, MergiCold company would like to know if it is cost efficient and feasible to expand the size of their current staff pool and fleet. Currently, the company owns two trucks and has two full-time commercial truck drivers on staff. Meeting expectations of recent business expansion needs calls for a consideration to hire a third truck driver and purchase a third truck to make the additional deliveries. To help MergiCold in making a sound business decision, the senior design team, known as the “MergiCold Optimization Team” for Kennesaw State University’s-Industrial and Systems Engineering Senior Design class formulated a three pronged approach: (1) Applying combinatorial and integer linear programming optimization using the Traveling Salesman Problem and Vehicle Routing Problem; (2) Truck load capacity maximization using Cube-Master and (3) Comparative cost analysis.

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