Title: Maintenance policy selection for cellular manufacturing: a simulation study

Authors: Mounir Elleuch, Habib Ben Bacha, Faouzi Masmoudi, Aref Y. Maalej

Addresses: Electro-Mechanical System LAboratory (LASEM), National Engineering School of Sfax (ENIS), BP W 3038, Sfax, Tunisia. ' Electro-Mechanical System LAboratory (LASEM), National Engineering School of Sfax (ENIS), BP W 3038, Sfax, Tunisia. ' Mechanical, Modelling and Production Unit (U2MP), National Engineering School of Sfax (ENIS), BP W 3038, Sfax, Tunisia. ' Electro-Mechanical System LAboratory (LASEM), National Engineering School of Sfax (ENIS), BP W 3038, Sfax, Tunisia

Abstract: This paper describes the development of a simulation study to reduce the effect of failure in cellular manufacturing with the use of a maintenance policy. It analyses the effects of corrective, preventive and opportunistic maintenance policies on the performance of a manufacturing cell. We consider the productivity of the cell as performance criteria, and we study the cell performance under different times between failure distributions and different operational conditions. A simulation model was established in Arena simulation software. The results are compared to determine the best policy for a given system.

Keywords: maintenance policy; failure; cellular manufacturing; simulation; manufacturing cells; cell performance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMR.2007.014728

International Journal of Manufacturing Research, 2007 Vol.2 No.3, pp.329 - 341

Available online: 02 Aug 2007 *

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