Sanjay Pathak

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management


Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Tarun Gupta

Second Advisor

Dr. Frank Wolf

Third Advisor

Dr. Bob White

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Increased competition in manufacturing has focused attention on advanced technologies. These costly technologies lead to difficulty in purchase justification using traditional methods. New methods quantify attributes relating to the flexibility of advanced systems. One such attribute is routing flexibility.

This thesis presents results of experiments into evaluation of routing flexibility. The performance of conventional dedicated machinery when compared with that of machines having routing flexibility indicates an advantage of flexible machinery. The thesis indicates a procedure for evaluation of different flexibilities and their comparison with conventional machinery in reality.

An empirical formula is developed that helps in quantifying routing flexibility and thus in the process of justification. This research opens other avenues for developing similar quantification procedures for other forms of flexibilities associated with advanced manufacturing equipment.

Included in

Manufacturing Commons