Title: Design and implementation of real-time scheduling algorithms for flexible manufacturing systems

Authors: Yasir M. Mejthab; Kasim M. Al-Aubidy

Addresses: Intelligent and Embedded Systems Research Group, Faculty of Engineering, Philadelphia University, Jordan ' Intelligent and Embedded Systems Research Group, Faculty of Engineering, Philadelphia University, Jordan

Abstract: The objective of this research is to design and implement real-time scheduling algorithms for flexible manufacturing systems. Four CNC machines with a load/unload station and a conveyor belt are combined as a flexible manufacturing system. Three fuzzy-based scheduling algorithms have been developed for operation sequencing, task sequencing and routing. LabVIEW environment has been used for the system modelling and testing. Several case studies have been carried out to test and verify the flexibility of the system and the effectiveness of the proposed schedulers. The obtained results indicate that the proposed scheduling algorithms for sequencing and routing are promising for such FMS. The performances of the proposed fuzzy scheduling algorithms are compared with those obtained from published literature.

Keywords: flexible manufacturing systems; FMSs; scheduling algorithms; fuzzy logic; routing flexibility; LabVIEW simulation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAMECHS.2017.089605

International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems, 2017 Vol.7 No.4, pp.202 - 212

Received: 20 Oct 2016
Accepted: 31 Mar 2017

Published online: 29 Jan 2018 *

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