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A decision support tool for resource allocation in batch manufacturing

Nicholson, D., Gunn, Bruce and Nahavandi, Saeid 2005, A decision support tool for resource allocation in batch manufacturing, in IEEE International Conference on : Systems, Man and Cybernetics, 2005, IEEE Xplore, Piscataway, N.J., pp. 3018-3023.

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Title A decision support tool for resource allocation in batch manufacturing
Author(s) Nicholson, D.
Gunn, Bruce
Nahavandi, Saeid
Conference name Systems, Man and Cybernetics (2005 : Waikoloa, Hawaii)
Conference location Waikoloa, Hawaii
Conference dates 10-12 October 2005
Title of proceedings IEEE International Conference on : Systems, Man and Cybernetics, 2005
Editor(s) Jamshidi, M.
Tunstel (Jr), E.
Anderson, G.
Fathi, M.
Dozier, G.
Johnson, M.
Chen, P.
Publication date 2005
Conference series IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
Start page 3018
End page 3023
Publisher IEEE Xplore
Place of publication Piscataway, N.J.
Keyword(s) Priduction planning
batch manufacturing
simulation
decision support
resource allocation
Summary A decision support tool for production planning is discussed in this paper to perform the job of machine grouping and labour allocation within a machining line. The production plans within the industrial partner have been historically inefficient because the relationship between the cycle times, the machine group size, and the operator's utilisation hasn't been properly understood. Starting with a simulation model, a rule-base has been generated to predict the operator's utilisation for a range of production settings. The resource allocation problem is then solved by breaking the problem into a series of smaller sized tasks. The objective is to minimise the number of operators and the difference between the maximum and minimum cycle times of machines within each group. The results from this decision support tool is presented for the particular case study.
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ISBN 0780392981
9780780392984
Language eng
Field of Research 091002 Flexible Manufacturing Systems
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2005, IEEE
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