Changes in production control required for untended operation of a flexible manufacturing cell

Jannes Slomp*, Kathryn E. Stecke

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Abstract

This article examines and improves the production control system of a firm that wants to operate its flexible manufacturing cell (FMC) in an untended third shift. The FMC consists of a machining centre, a pallet storage, a rail-guided transport vehicle for pallets and a clamping/unclamping station. The current production control system of the firm shows several deficiencies with respect to operating the FMC efficiently. This article proposes changes in the current production control hierarchy and introduces some new methods to solve major production control problems. The study illustrates the interaction between quantitative tools, organisational decisions and behavioural considerations. The approaches are general and can be used in other environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)674-693
Number of pages20
JournalProduction Planning & Control
Volume23
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • FMC scheduling
  • production planning
  • three-shift operation
  • TOOL SWITCHES
  • WEARING TOOLS
  • MACHINE
  • MODELS
  • MANAGEMENT
  • MINIMIZATION
  • NUMBER

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