Robot and machine scheduling with state-dependent part input sequencing in flexible manufacturing systems

Yumin He, Kathryn E. Stecke, Milton L. Smith

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Abstract

In competitive global markets, it is important to meet customer demands on multiple priorities such as price, quality, customisation and quick delivery. This paper investigates the problems of part input sequencing and scheduling in flexible manufacturing systems in a mass customisation/mass personalisation (MC/MP) environment. Both robot and machine scheduling rules using a state-dependent part input sequencing algorithm are investigated. Simulation experiments and statistical analyses are carried out. Effective rules are identified. The results show interactions between robot scheduling and machine scheduling in the MC/MP environment. Further research suggestions are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6736-6746
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Volume54
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 16 2016

Keywords

  • FMS simulation
  • dispatching
  • mass customisation
  • mass personalisation

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