Title

Two-machine Flow Shop Problems with a Single Server

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-2006

Abstract

A great deal of work has been done to analyze the problem of robot move sequencing and part scheduling in robotic flowshop cells. We examine the recent developments in this literature. A robotic flowshop cell consists of a number of processing stages served by one or more robots. Each stage has one or more machines that perform that stage’s processing. Types of robotic cells are differentiated from one another by certain characteristics, including robot type, robot travel-time, number of robots, types of parts processed, and use of parallel machines within stages. We focus on cyclic production of parts. A cycle is specified by a repeatable sequence of robot moves designed to transfer a set of parts between the machines for their processing.

Keywords

Machine scheduling, Flow shop, Heuristics, Robots

Discipline

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Research Areas

Operations Management

Publication

Journal of Scheduling

Volume

9

Issue

6

First Page

515

Last Page

543

ISSN

1099-1425

Identifier

10.1007/s10951-006-8787-z

Publisher

Springer

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10951-006-8787-z