Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering


Engineering, Industrial.


Lashkari, R. S.,




Pallets are an essential part of manufacturing operations. This research concentrates on pallets for machining and, in particular, pallets for use in a flexible manufacturing cells (FMC). Flexible manufacturing has received widespread attention in the modern manufacturing environment. A close look at the research done on different areas of flexible manufacturing shows that the aspect of pallets in the design stage has been neglected. The objective of this research, therefore, is to develop mathematical programming models which deals with the palletizing problem in flexible manufacturing. The models assume that there is a set of existing machines in a manufacturing shop with known compatibilities and capacities to perform operations on the parts to be processed. The demand for each part is assumed uniform over the planning period under consideration. Model 1 considers the problem of grouping parts, machines, and the pallets in a flexible manufacturing environment. Considerations of physical limitations such as upper bounds on machine capacity, pallet time capacity are considered. Model 2 considers the reloading time and the machine-pallet compatibility. The models are formulated as a 0-1 integer programs, and illustrative examples are solved and the results were analyzed.Dept. of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1997 .B375. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0333. Adviser: R. S. Lashkari. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.