Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering


Engineering, Industrial.




The objective of this research is to formulate mathematical models to solve production planning problems considering the economic effects of product quality, as well as manufacturing realities such as material handling and refixturing on Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS). The FMS considered in this research is to produce low to medium-sized volumes of part families with alternative processing routes. Two mathematical models are developed to minimize the total processing cost by generating the optimal batch size of each part type, and the corresponding processing routes for each batch. Model 1 is formulated for the case of a single cell and Model 2 extends the formulation to the case of multiple cells. The costs of product quality, material handling, refixturing, and operations are considered in the objective functions. The models are also applied to a number of planning situations and the optimal solutions are presented. The impacts of various product quality parameters on production planning are discussed using the computational results.Dept. of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1992 .W957. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-04, page: 1903. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1992.