Average Flow Time Estimation of Jobs in a Flexible Manufacturing Cell Consisting of a Number of Identical Machines

Jannes Slomp*, Jos A. C. Bokhorst, Rahul Caprihan

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Abstract

This paper concerns the estimation of flow times of jobs to be produced in a Flexible Manufacturing Cell (FMC) consisting of a number of identical machines. An analytical expression is derived from a careful analysis of the elements of the flow time. Next, a simulation study is performed which mimics reality and serves as a reference for the comparison with analytical results. As a conclusion, we argue that the analytical expression serves well to predict FMC flow time performance. Analytical predictions of flow times are important for investment decisions and for setting lead times of jobs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AND ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT (IEEM)
Place of PublicationNEW YORK
PublisherIEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
Pages1426-1430
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4577-0739-1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventIEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM) - , Singapore
Duration: 6-Dec-20119-Dec-2011

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management IEEM
PublisherIEEE

Other

OtherIEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM)
CountrySingapore
Period06/12/201109/12/2011

Keywords

  • Flexible manufacturing cells
  • flow time
  • INFORMATION DELAYS

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