Title: An ISM approach for modelling the variables affecting the selection of material handling equipments in advance manufacturing system

Authors: Surinder Kumar; Tilak Raj

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, YMCA Unversity of Science and Technology, Sector-6, Faridabad, Haryana, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, YMCA Unversity of Science and Technology, Sector-6, Faridabad, Haryana, India

Abstract: This paper presents the application of interpretive structural modelling (ISM) approach for modelling the variables of automated material handling systems as a useful tool in advanced manufacturing system. There are certain variables, which help in the implementation of material handling systems in advance manufacturing systems. These variables affect these material handling systems and influence one another also. The main objective of this paper is to understand the mutual interaction of these variables and to identify the 'driving variables' and the 'dependent variables'. In the present work, these variables have been identified through the literature survey and their ranking is done by a questionnaire-based survey. The ISM approach has been utilised in analysing their mutual interaction and in preparation of a model through which some key variables can be identified for the implementation of automated material handling systems (AMHS).

Keywords: automated materials handling; modelling; AMS equipment selection; selection variables; advanced manufacturing systems; interpretive structural modelling; ISM; AMH systems; AMHS.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIDS.2015.074128

International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences, 2015 Vol.7 No.4, pp.358 - 379

Available online: 12 Jan 2016 *

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