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A Simulation Study of Flexible Manufacturing System Using Dynamic Scheduling Approach

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Vijay Kumar Mahalingam

JSS Academy of Technical Education, Bangalore, KA, India

Paper No. ESDA2014-20484, pp. V001T06A011; 5 pages
  • ASME 2014 12th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
  • Volume 1: Applied Mechanics; Automotive Systems; Biomedical Biotechnology Engineering; Computational Mechanics; Design; Digital Manufacturing; Education; Marine and Aerospace Applications
  • Copenhagen, Denmark, July 25–27, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: International
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4583-7
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


This paper presents a simulation study aimed at evaluating the performances of a typical Flexible manufacturing system (FMS) problems in terms of make span, average flow time, average delay time at local buffers and average machine utilization, subject to different control strategies which include routing flexibilities and dispatching rules. The routing strategies under evaluation are ‘No Alternative Routings (NAR)’; ‘Alternative Routings Dynamic (ARD)’; and ‘Alternative Routings Planned (ARP)’. The ARP rule was introduced into the FMS and coded with C++ program. The above routing strategies are combined with five dispatching rules and studied in different production volumes. Since an FMS usually deals with a variety of products, effects of changing the part mix ratio are also discussed. Simulation study was performed by using ARENA software. Finally results indicate that the ‘alternative routings planned’ strategy outperforms other routing strategies in general.

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