Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name



Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

Taboun, S. M.,


Engineering, Industrial.




Recent developments in manufacturing technologies indicate that the adoption of cellular manufacturing technology has been an essential step in improving factory performance and productivity in batch manufacturing industries. For this purpose, however, additional innovative methods are needed to further reduce product cost and lead time and to enhance product quality to help increase market share and profitability. The adoption of the group technology concept allows small batch production to achieve economies similar to those of mass production while retaining the flexibility of the smaller job shop. In this research, four mathematical models of inventory control within a cellular manufacturing system were developed using a multi-period planning horizon. The objective of Model I is to minimize total manufacturing cost, which includes capital investment cost, machining cost, inventory carrying cost and machine relocation cost under the limitations that inter-cell movement, lost sales and back-ordering are not allowed. The objective of Model II is also to minimize total cost. Inter-cell movement is permitted provided that its cost is minimized. Lost sales and back-ordering are not allowed. The objective of Model III is again to minimize the total cost, while allowing some costs for lost sales and inter-cell movement. Back-ordering is still not allowed. In Model IV the objective is to minimize the total cost, while allowing for the cost of lost sales, inter-cell movement cost and back-ordering cost. Test cases are included to illustrate the application of the models.Dept. of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1995 .M63. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-06, page: 2453. Adviser: S. M. Taboun. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1995.