Analysis of cellular manufacturing systems in the presence of machine breakdowns

Mounir Elleuch (Laboratoire des Systèmes Electro‐Mécaniques, Département de Génie Mécanique, Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Sfax, Sfax, Tunisie)
Habib Ben Bacha (Laboratoire des Systèmes Electro‐Mécaniques, Département de Génie Mécanique, Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Sfax, Sfax, Tunisie)
Faouzi Masmoudi (Département de Génie Mécanique, Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Sfax, Unité de Mécanique, Modélisation et Production, Sfax, Tunisie)
Aref Y. Maalej (Laboratoire des Systèmes Electro‐Mécaniques, Département de Génie Mécanique, Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Sfax, Sfax, Tunisie)

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Publication date: 8 February 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this paper is to illustrate a solution that can be used to reduce the severity of breakdowns and improve performances in the cellular manufacturing (CM) system with unreliable machines.

Design/methodology/approach

The performance of CM system is conditioned by disruptive events, such as the failure of machines, which randomly occurs and penalizes the performance of the cells, seriously disturbing the smooth working of the factory. To overcome the problem caused by the breakdowns, the authors develop a solution, based on the principle of virtual cell and the notion of intercellular transfer that can improve the availability of the system. In this context, the use an analytical method based on Markov chains to model the availability of the cell. The results are validated using simulation.

Findings

The proposed solution in this paper confirmed that it is possible to reduce the severity of breakdowns in the CM system and improve the availability of the cells through an intercellular transfer created at the time of a breakdown. Simulation allowed a validation of the analytical model and showed the contribution of the suggested solution.

Originality/value

The developed approach studies the performance of the production cells formed by unreliable machines. It uses the notion of the intercellular transfer to improve the availability of the cells.

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Citation

Elleuch, M., Ben Bacha, H., Masmoudi, F. and Maalej, A. (2008), "Analysis of cellular manufacturing systems in the presence of machine breakdowns", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 19 No. 2, pp. 235-252. https://doi.org/10.1108/17410380810847936

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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