Title: A mathematical model for scheduling of production process and allocation of an automatic guided vehicle in a flexible manufacturing system

Authors: Mohammad Mehdi Tavakoli; Hasan Haleh; Mohsen Mohammadi

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering, Science and Research Branches, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran ' Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Qazvin Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ghazvin, Iran ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran

Abstract: Given that material handling in manufacturing systems is very important, many organisations use automatic guided vehicle (AGV). In recent years, many organisations have intended to have access to an optimal scheduling plan for their manufacturing and transportation system. For this reason, a mathematical model is proposed in this study for scheduling of the production process and AGV's allocation. Production time in any process, setup time, loaded/unloaded trip duration, parking spaces, and the discharge time and loading of products at each workstation are considered in the proposed model. Finally, a numerical example is used to explore the proposed model and it will be solved using GAMS software.

Keywords: flexible manufacturing system; AGV; automatic guided vehicle; mathematical modelling; scheduling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESMS.2018.091937

International Journal of Engineering Systems Modelling and Simulation, 2018 Vol.10 No.2, pp.125 - 131

Accepted: 23 Nov 2017
Published online: 15 May 2018 *

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