Title: Multi-attribute selection method for materials handling equipment

Authors: Dragan Komljenovic, Vladislav Kecojevic

Addresses: Hydro-Quebec, University of Quebec, Ecole de Technologie Superieure (ETS), Montreal, 4900, boul. Becancour, Becancour, Quebec, G9H 3X3, Canada. ' The Pennsylvania State University, 154 Hosler Building, University Park, PA 16802-5000, USA

Abstract: Rail-mounted boom type bucket wheel reclaimers and stacker-reclaimers are primary means of materials handling at stockyards. Therefore, the selection of the best possible equipment type (model) is of crucial importance for the decision-makers. The authors contribute to the body of knowledge by developing a novel methodology for the selection of this equipment type. Both the Coefficient of Technical Level (CTL) and Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) methods were used in the selection process. This methodology may be used by material handling system decision-makers to help in the selection of a specific type when acquiring a new equipment.

Keywords: multiple criteria decision analysis; MCDA; materials handling; regression; equipment selection; stockyards; coefficient of technical level; CTL; analytical hierarchy process; AHP.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2009.022370

International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2009 Vol.4 No.2, pp.151 - 173

Published online: 02 Jan 2009 *

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