Date of Award
Master of Science
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Dr. Tarun Gupta
Dr. Frank Wolf
Dr. Bob White
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.
Pathak, Sanjay, "An Experimental Study into the Role of Routing Flexibility in the Justification of Advanced Manufacturing Systems" (1993). Master's Theses. 4016.