Title: Study of issues related to constraints in FMS by ISM, fuzzy ISM and TISM

Authors: Vineet Jain; Tilak Raj

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mewat Engineering College, Palla, District Nuh, Mewat, Haryana 122107, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, YMCA University of Science and Technology, Faridabad, India

Abstract: The purpose of this research is the identification of issues related to constraints in the flexible manufacturing system (FMS). FMS comprises different resources as machine tool, material handling system with computer control, etc. FMS offers high utilisation of resources, less labour costs, less work-in-process inventories, shorter lead times, etc. Machine tools are required to produce different parts. Robots and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are included in FMS material handling system. This paper shows the study of different constraints in FMS. Modelling of these constraints is performed by interpretive structural modelling (ISM), fuzzy ISM and total ISM (TISM) approaches. The driving and the dependence power of the constraints are analysed by MICMAC and fuzzy MICMAC. To validate the driving power of variables, the relative importance of variables is determined by AHP methodology. Finally, concluded that fixture and robot are the key variables of FMS constraints.

Keywords: flexible manufacturing system; FMS; total interpretive structural modelling; TISM; interpretive structural modelling; ISM; analytic hierarchy process; AHP; fuzzy ISM; constraint.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2021.112876

International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2021 Vol.37 No.2, pp.197 - 221

Received: 22 Jun 2018
Accepted: 23 Jun 2019

Published online: 22 Jan 2021 *

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