Title: Assessment of alternative industrial robots using AHP and TOPSIS
Authors: Ateekh Ur Rehman; Abdulrahman Al-Ahmari
Industrial Engineering Department, College of Engineering, King Saud University, P.O. Box 800, Riyadh 11421, Saudi Arabia
Fatimah Alnijris's Research Chair for Advance Manufacturing Technology (FARCAMT), College of Engineering, King Saud University, P.O. Box 800, Riyadh 11421, Saudi Arabia
Abstract: An ever increasing trend in present dynamic markets, the industrial organisations should provide the right amount of flexibility at right time in the right direction. Among many manufacturing strategies available, use of advance industrial robot technology is emerging as an attractive alternative. Although, the successful implementation of advance industrial robot offers manufacturing organisations numerous benefits, the assessment and preference of these technologies is a very versatile task due to the multiple parameters involved. The objective here is to help decision makers to ensure that the selected industrial robot comply with the objective of the organisation. Thus, the paper mainly demonstrates and compares the ranking of the industrial robots using analytic hierarchy process (AHP) and technique for order preference by similarity to ideal solution (TOPSIS). In the present study, the model presented takes into consideration the economic and technical criterion.
Keywords: industrial robots; analytical hierarchy process; AHP; TOPSIS; robot selection; organisational objectives; robot ranking; economic criteria; technical criteria.
Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2013 Vol.15, No.4, pp.475 - 489
Available online: 18 Sep 2013