Evaluation of combined dispatching and routeing strategies for a flexible manufacturing system

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with the evaluation of combined dispatching and routeing strategies on the performance of a flexible manufacturing system. Three routeing policies: no alternative routeings, alternative routeings dynamic and alternative routeings planned are considered with four dispatching rules with finite buffer capacity. In addition, the effect of changing part mix ratios is also discussed. The performance measures considered are makespan, average machine utilization, average flow time and average delay at local input buffers. Simulation results indicate that the alternative routeings dynamic policy gives the best results in three performance measures except for average delay at local input buffers. Further, the effect of changing part mix ratios is not significant.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1033-1046
Number of pages14
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture
Volume216
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alternative routeings
  • Control strategies
  • Dispatching
  • Flexible manufacturing system
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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