Modelling and analysis of manufacturing systems: a review of existing models
by Daniel Bergeron, M. Anouar Jamali, Hidehiko Yamamoto
International Journal of Product Development (IJPD), Vol. 10, No. 1/2/3, 2010

Abstract: Manufacturing system models with unreliable machines and buffers have received much attention in the past five decades. While the first studies considered only two machines and one buffer in series, the most recent ones can consider much more and present various configurations (parallel, assembly/disassembly, rework path, feed-forward path or any combination of these). By using indicators – such as the global production rate, probability of idleness and average buffer level – to evaluate the performance of such systems, it may give one the opportunity to determine the buffer sizing. This paper presents an overview of analytical manufacturing system models, starting from a two-machine-one-buffer model towards a complex manufacturing system integrating assembly/disassembly networks, rework loops and feed-forward loops.

Online publication date: Thu, 03-Dec-2009

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