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Scheduling Manufacturing Systems in an agile environment. Author: David He, Astghik Babayan , Andrew Kusiak By: Carl Haehl Date: 11/18/09. Introduction. Many companies want to produce a low cost customized product in a short period of time.

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scheduling manufacturing systems in an agile environment

Scheduling Manufacturing Systems in an agile environment

Author: David He, AstghikBabayan, Andrew Kusiak

By: Carl Haehl

Date: 11/18/09

  • Many companies want to produce a low cost customized product in a short period of time.
  • In order to do this “machining-driven” or an “assembly-driven” strategy can be used.
  • “machine-driven” is complex machining and simple assembly
  • “assembly-driven” is simple machining and complex assembly
  • This paper is written specifically for “assembly-driven” strategies geared towards agile manufacturing
  • The end result is to obtain heuristics for effectively solving the scheduling problems
problems models and design principles
Problems, Models and Design Principles
  • Problem: To assign parts, assemblies, and subassemblies to the machines and determine the most efficient order to minimize maximum completion time (Cmax).
  • Models: A digraph is used to layout the assembly process. Three types of assembly processes are considered.
    • Single product with simple assembly sequence (Gs)
    • Single product with complex assembly sequence (Gc)
    • Multiple products (N)
  • Most processes are concerned with multiple products and that is the most important model but the first two must be understood in order to create a simplified model of multiple products.
review of similar problems
Review of Similar Problems
  • Many have done similar research on assembly-driven strategies, and have created accurate models to minimize time to completion. (Information on these is listed in section 3)
  • Nobody has created a strategy that uses simple and complex digraphs
  • The authors consider digraphs to be the best structural information of the products
what is a digraph
What is a Digraph?
  • A digraph is used to layout the different parts and assemblies that must take place for the desired outcome to be reached, it is very easy to read and understand when it is completed.
  • Complex and Simple systems are easily represented on a digraph
no scheduling problems solved in this paper
No Scheduling Problems Solved in this Paper?
  • In reading over this technical paper you will notice they never solve a scheduling problem with the proposed method
  • The reasoning is that the problems considered are similar to “Flow Shop and Parallel Machine Shop” (FSPM) scheduling problems, which there is already ample resources for solving
  • Only the setup to be solved is considered
the objective
The objective
  • Minimize the maximum completion time
  • Total machining time of all parts cannot be greater than the maximum completion time
  • Ensure a part can be assigned to one machine only
  • An assembly or subassembly cannot begin until all required parts are completed
method for solving
Method for Solving
  • Two parts to solving a scheduling problem in in agile manufacturing
    • Develop an effective solution method for solving the problem
    • Develop methods for evaluating the effectiveness of the solution obtained
solution method for g c heuristic algorithm 1
Solution Method for Gc(Heuristic Algorithm 1)
  • Obtain an optimal aggregate schedule S(Gc) for complex digraph Gc using Theorem 2 from Kusaik [1]
  • Construct a simple digraph Gs From S(Gc)
  • Solve models
solution method for n products heuristic algorithm 2
Solution Method for N-Products(Heuristic Algorithm 2)
  • Construct a complex digraph by connecting the assembly nodes of N-Products to a dummy final assembly node (Ad) where the time for Ad is zero
  • Apply Heuristic Algorithm 1 to solve the Gc scheduling problem for the complex digraph constructed in previous step
  • Two products are to be made C1 and C2 with two identical machines, with one assembly equipment at the equipment stage
  • Sequence is shown Below
example cont
Example Cont.
  • There are two parts so the solution would be found using Heuristic Algorithm 2
  • Connect A1 to A2 and T=0
example cont1
Example Cont.
  • Applying Theorem 2 of Kusiak [1] to the complex digraph obtained previously the optimal schedule S(G c) is obtained
  • S(Gc) = {[(P11, P12, A9), (P7, P8, A7), (P9, P10, A8), A5], P13, P14, P15, A2, (P1, P2, A6), P3, P4, A3, (P5, P6, A4), A1, Ad}
  • Again, these methods are not explained including the following Gantt Charts obtained from S(Gs)
example cont2
Example Cont.
  • Which can then be used to form a simple digraph using the Gantt chart from S(Gs)
testing of methods
Testing of Methods
  • A standard method of testing the effectiveness of a heuristic is to compare it against a lower on the optimal solution
  • A lower bound can be obtained by the fact that assembly work cannot take place until all the previous parts needed are complete
  • This is computed by :
  • Where the variables are:
  • Upon 16 tests of randomly calculated situations the following results were generated, and compared against the Lower Bound:
  • If producing customized products in a short time frame with an assembly-driven process, then this method appears to be very helpful
  • From the test runs, it can be seen that on the high end an error from ideal is 2.5% and on the low end it was able to reach 0% in several situations
  • However, the no problems were solved in the paper, only the formulating of the problems in the context of agile manufacturing to develop optimal or near optimal operating processes