Title: The performance of combinatorial priority rules in a manufacturing flow shop

Authors: Felix T.S. Chan; Hing Kai Chan

Addresses: Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. ' Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, UK

Abstract: Some of the previous research indicates that no single priority rule could perform excellently on those common performance measures. This study focuses on evaluating the impact of deploying combinations of four single priority rules on a three-stage manufacturing flow shop, i.e., different rules are employed at different workstation. Full factorial combinations of four commonly used priority rules, leading to 64 rule combinations, are analysed. Besides, variations in buffer capacity and due date allowance are taken into account. Both terminating and non-terminating systems are investigated in this study. For terminating system, variations in production volume are also considered. Simulation experiments have been conducted and the performance of the combinations is analysed by monitoring four measures, namely: 1) mean lead time; 2) mean tardiness; 3) number of jobs completed; 4) percentage of tardy jobs. [Received 13 November 2010; Revised 8 March 2011; Accepted 18 March 2011]

Keywords: priority rules; manufacturing flow shops; simulation; performance measures; buffer capacity; due date allowance; mean lead time; mean tardiness; jobs completed; tardy jobs.

DOI: 10.1504/EJIE.2012.048855

European Journal of Industrial Engineering, 2012 Vol.6 No.5, pp.572 - 595

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 26 Aug 2012 *

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