Mathematical Design Tools for Integrated Production Systems
Long before the operating policies of a manufacturing system are considered, many design decisions are made which affect the ultimate ability of production managers to control the performance of the system. Although some of the more advanced companies employ simulation methods to “fine tune” their system designs, few make use of any formal methodology at all in the critical early stages. Fundamental design issues, such as how large the system will be or the selection of processing and material handling equipment, are usually dealt with by arbitrary choice or back-of-the-envelope calculations. It is ironic that the most important design decisions -- those having the greatest long-term impact on system productivity -- are handled in the least careful manner.
KeywordsMaterial Handling Travel Time Distribution Open Research Issue Bottleneck Shift Material Handling Equipment
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