Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering   »   2012 Vol.11, No.4

 

 

Title: Modelling the factors affecting flexibility in FMS

 

Authors: Tilak Raj; Rajesh Attri; Vineet Jain

 

Addresses:
Department of Mechanical Engineering, YMCA Institute of Engineering, Sector-6, Mathura Road, Faridabad 121 006, Haryana, India
Department of Mechanical Engineering, YMCA Institute of Engineering, Sector-6, Mathura Road, Faridabad 121 006, Haryana, India
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Gurgaon Institute of Technology and Management, Bilaspur-Tauru Road, Gurgaon 122413, India

 

Abstract: Today's dynamic market has forced the manufacturing managers to take interest in flexibility which bestows on an industry to respond promptly to market opportunities and changing technologies. The development of capabilities to be flexible rests on the mandate of top management, helps industries to manage market uncertainties and tends to enhance manufacturing performance. Manufacturing organisations are looking at flexible manufacturing system (FMS) as a viable alternative to enhance their competitive edge. There are, however, some factors affecting the flexibility of FMS. The aim of this research is to analyse and identify those factors which influence some other factors in a big way (called driving factors) and those which are most influenced by the others (called dependent factors). In this paper, these factors have been identified through literature, their ranking is done by a questionnaire-based survey and interpretive structural modelling (ISM) approach has been utilised in analysing their mutual relationships. An ISM model of these factors has been prepared to identify some key factors and their managerial implications.

 

Keywords: FMS; flexible manufacturing systems; manufacturing flexibility; flexibility factors; ISM; interpretive structural modelling.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2012.047542

 

Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2012 Vol.11, No.4, pp.350 - 374

 

Available online: 27 Jun 2012

 

 

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