Computational methods for planning and developing flexible manufacturing systems

Richard N. Callahan (Department of Industrial Management, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, USA)
Kevin M. Hubbard (Department of Industrial Engineering, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois, USA)
Shawn D. Strong (Department of Industrial Management, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, USA)

Engineering Computations

ISSN: 0264-4401

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

To develop a decision framework for the planning and development of a flexible manufacturing system (FMS).

Design/methodology/approach

A systematic weighted property index approach for FMS development decisions is developed to evaluate various design options. This methodology converts design property values of differing orders of magnitude into a unitless system where an overall evaluation of the options can be made.

Findings

Major design choices related to the implementation of an educational FMS are identified, and considerations affecting each choice are discussed. A methodology for the selection of the appropriate FMS is then developed and demonstrated.

Practical implications

Provides a useful framework for evaluating various options in FMS development and selecting an appropriate system for a given environment and situation.

Originality/value

Identifies the major design choices related to the implementation of an educational FMS, provides practical examples taken from the development of FMSs at Southwest Missouri State University and the University of Missouri‐Rolla, and presents a systematic methodology for FMS design decision making.

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Citation

Callahan, R., Hubbard, K. and Strong, S. (2005), "Computational methods for planning and developing flexible manufacturing systems", Engineering Computations, Vol. 22 No. 8, pp. 958-971. https://doi.org/10.1108/02644400510626505

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2005, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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