Tool allocation in flexible manufacturing systems with tool alternatives
In this paper, a heuristic approach for tool selection in flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) is presented. The proposed approach utilizes the ratio of tool life over tool size (L/S) for tool selection and allocation. The proposed method selects tool types with high L/S ratios by considering tool alternatives for the operations assigned to each machine. The performance of the method is demonstrated in sample problems as static examples, as well as in a simulation study for further analysis. This study also presents a survey of several approaches related to loading and tool allocation problems in FMS, highlights the importance of tooling, and discusses the practical aspects of tool-oriented decision-making. An extended framework, which expands on the L/S concept, is also presented. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Technology and Construction Management
Computer integrated manufacturing, Flexible manufacturing systems, Tool allocation, Tool management
Buyurgan, Nebil, Can Saygin, and S. Engin Kilic. "Tool allocation in flexible manufacturing systems with tool alternatives." Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing 20, no. 4 (2004): 341-349.
Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing