Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering   »   2012 Vol.10, No.1

 

 

Title: Impact of manufacturing flexibility on FMS performance: a simulation study

 

Authors: Ajay Singholi; Mohammed Ali; Chitra Sharma

 

Addresses:
Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Kashmere Gate, Delhi 110006, India
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002, UP, India
Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Kashmere Gate, Delhi 110006, India

 

Abstract: Flexible manufacturing systems (FMSs) can be utilised to deal with dynamic and uncertain production conditions. FMS is equipped with several computer-controlled machines interconnected by automated material handling systems to provide high productivity and manufacturing flexibility. In this paper, we present a simulation study to evaluate the effects of various system parameters, such as machine flexibility, routing flexibility and part population inside the system. More than 100 simulation experiments were carried out using simulation package Arena professional version 11.0. It is found that significant improvement in makespan performance of an FMS can be achieved by the optimum implementation of machine flexibility, routing flexibility and part population inside the system. This simulation study may be very useful in managing and controlling the shop floor to give enhanced quality and better productivity.

 

Keywords: flexible manufacturing systems; FMS performance; FMS simulation; machine flexibility; routing flexibility; modelling; makespan performance.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2012.044045

 

Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2012 Vol.10, No.1, pp.96 - 116

 

Available online: 21 Nov 2011

 

 

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