A comprehensive survey and future trend of simulation study on FMS scheduling

Tung Sun Chan, H. K. Chan

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Since the late 1970s when the first collection of papers on scheduling of flexible manufacturing systems (FMSs) has been published, it has been one of the most popular topics for researchers. A number of approaches have been delivered to schedule FMSs including simulation techniques and analytical methods, whereas the former is the most widely used tool for modeling FMSs. The objective of this paper is to review scheduling study on FMSs and analyse future trend that employed simulation techniques as the analyzing tool. Scheduling methodologies are categorized into, namely traditional simulation techniques with single criterion scheduling approaches, traditional simulation techniques with multi-criteria scheduling approaches, and artificial intelligence (AI) approaches in FMSs. It is concluded that AI approaches will be dominating in future study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-102
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Intelligent Manufacturing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Flexible manufacturing systems
  • Multi-criteria
  • Scheduling
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


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