Performance Improvement of Flexible Manufacturing System: A Case Study

Abid Ali Abid, Rafi Javed Qureshi, Jahanzaib Mirza

Abstract


Extensive competition in manufacturing have left no space for system inefficiencies and it has evolved a manufacturing environment which seeks reduced manufacturing lead times, increased quality standards, vast product variety and competitive cost. The trend towards globalization requires these manufacturing environments to be designed such that it can cater challenges of market place to survive and grow. To cope with these challenges the technologies support with automation and flexibility. The objectives of improvement of manufacturing environment are the basis of emergence of flexible manufacturing systems (FMSs). In this paper a case study of small and medium enterprise (SME) is presented with contribution of some performance improvement methods for flexible manufacturing system. Analytical models illustrated in literature are employed to estimate the performance measures like utilization and maximum production rate. Development of an improved design for existing flexible manufacturing system of SME is also part of this study. In addition to simulation of manufacturing system, various performance parameters are compared and evaluated for existing and improved FMS.

Keywords— Flexible Manufacturing System, Utilization, Production Rate, Performance Measures


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