Title: Simulation-based comparative analysis of the performance of a flexible manufacturing system operating under part movement policy and tool movement policy

Authors: N. Suresh Kumar; R. Sridharan

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering Chengannur, Chengannur 689121, Kerala, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology Calicut, NIT Campus PO, Calicut 673601, Kerala, India

Abstract: This paper focuses on the simulation studies conducted to evaluate the performance of a flexible manufacturing system (FMS) operating under two different scenarios: part movement policy and tool movement policy. A typical configuration of an FMS is considered for the purpose of experimentation. A discrete-event simulation model of the FMS is developed for each of the two scenarios. A number of scheduling rules are incorporated in the simulation model for part scheduling decision. The performance measures considered are mean flow time, mean tardiness, percentage of tardy parts and mean utilisation of machines. The simulation results are subjected to statistical analysis. For the FMS considered in this study, tool movement policy is found to perform significantly better when compared with the part movement policy.

Keywords: FMSs; flexible manufacturing systems; part movement; tool movement; scheduling rules; comparative analysis; system performance; discrete-event simulation models; flow times; tardiness; tardy parts; machine utilisation; movement policies; industrial engineering; systems engineering.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2011.043483

International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2011 Vol.9 No.4, pp.388 - 411

Published online: 07 Feb 2015 *

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