Authors: Vijay Manikrao Athawale; Prasenjit Chatterjee; Shankar Chakraborty
Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Government Polytechnic, Amravati 444603, Maharastra, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, MCKV Institute of Engineering, Howrah 711 204, West Bengal, India ' Department of Production Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032, West Bengal, India
Abstract: Many advanced manufacturers are now extensively using robots to perform repetitious, difficult and hazardous tasks with precision. Selection of industrial robots to suit a particular application and production environment from among a large number of alternatives available in the market is a difficult task in real-time manufacturing environment. This has become more and more complicated due to increase complexity, advanced features and facilities that are continuously being incorporated into the robots by different vendors. The decision maker needs to select the most appropriate industrial robot to achieve the desired performance with minimum cost and specific application ability. This paper mainly focuses on solving the industrial robot selection problems using VIse Kriterijumska Optimizacija Kompromisno Resenje (VIKOR) method, which has already become a quite popular multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) tool. It evaluates and ranks the alternative candidate robots, while proposing a compromise solution to the robot selection problem. Two real-time examples are illustrated to demonstrate and validate the effectiveness and applicability of VIKOR method, which also prove the computational simplicity of this method.
Keywords: industrial robots; robot selection; MCDM; multicriteria decision making; VIKOR method.
International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2012 Vol.11 No.1/2, pp.3 - 15
Published online: 17 Apr 2012 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article