Machine sharing and performance of cellular manufacturing systems

Saifallah Benjaafar

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In this paper, we examine the impact of machine sharing on performance of traditional cellular manufacturing systems. We present an analytical model for evaluating the desirability of sharing machines of the same type among two or more cells. The effect of machine sharing on several performance measures, such as machine utilizations, cell production rates, and part flow times, is studied under varying conditions of system loading, setup time, and batch sizes. Conditions under which machine sharing may be of value and the operating requirements necessary for realizing this value are identified. A model for trading off costs and benefits of machine sharing and determining optimal levels of machine sharing is also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-101
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Materials Processing Tech.
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1995

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Funding Information:
The author's research is supported by the United States National Science Foundation under grant No. DMII-9309631 and the University of Minnesota Graduate School.


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