Authors: K.D. Maniya; M.G. Bhatt
Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, C.K. Pithawala College of Engineering and Technology, Surat 395007, Gujarat, India ' Department of Production Engineering, Shantilal Shah Engineering College, Bhavnagar 364060, Gujarat, India
Abstract: The selection of appropriate flexible manufacturing systems (FMSs) is one of the most critical decisions in the automated manufacturing industries. In this paper, a systematic and effective multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) methodology is presented and implemented for the selection of appropriate FMS alternative. The proposed methodology is based on the preference selection index (PSI) method. In addition, the proposed method easily handles qualitative criteria involved in the decision-making process, and an appropriate flexible FMS alternative is selected without considering the relative importance between FMS selection criteria. Three different types of FMS selection problems are considered and examined to demonstrate, validate and check the reliability of the proposed method. The study has concluded that the FMS selection methodology based on PSI method is simple, logical and more appropriate for the FMS selection problems.
Keywords: multicriteria decision making; MCDM; FMSs; flexible manufacturing systems; PSI methods; preference selection index; critical decisions; automated manufacturing; manufacturing industry; FMS alternatives; qualitative criteria; selection criteria; industrial engineering; systems engineering.
International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2011 Vol.9 No.3, pp.330 - 349
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