The impact of external disturbances on the performance of a cellular manufacturing system

SAAD, Sameh, GOMEZ, C.R. and GINDY, N. (2001). The impact of external disturbances on the performance of a cellular manufacturing system. In: AFFENZELLER, Michael, BRUZZONE, Agostino G., DE FELICE, Fabio, DEL RIO VILAS, David, FRYDMAN, Claudia, MASSEI, Marina and MERKURYEV, Yuri, (eds.) 12th International Conference on Modeling and Applied Simulation (MAS 2013). Caltek s.r.l., 194-203.

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Cellular manufacturing has been proposed as an approach to cope with the uncertainty characteristic of customer driven markets. However, even cellular manufacturing systems are prone to the effects of varying demand patterns. In this study, the effects of some aspects related to demand variation such as the arrival of material, the variety of products and the variation in product mix are investigated to identify those system characteristics that -within the context of cellular manufacturing systems- represent an advantage in the presence of such disturbances. To do so, discrete event simulation is used to conduct the experimentation by modelling a cellular manufacturing system. Additionally, statistical design of experiment is employed to identify the factors contributing to higher system performance. The results show that, in spite of the demand related disturbance, machines with low setup duration and highly skilled operators constitute the most important characteristics of an efficient manufacturing cell.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Proceedings of a meeting held 25-27 September 2013, Athens, Greece. Held at the International Multidisciplinary Modeling and Simulation Multiconference
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Centre for Automation and Robotics Research > Systems Modelling and Integration Group
Page Range: 194-203
Depositing User: Helen Garner
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2014 09:17
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 19:15

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