Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering


Engineering, Industrial.




Part selection (PS) and machine loading (ML) are two major interrelated production planning problems in flexible manufacturing systems (FMSs). This research is directed towards the development of an integrated approach to solve the combined part selection and machine loading problems in FMSs to obtain consistent solutions. Three classes of FMSs are identified. FMSs I and II are identified based on tooling strategies. The third class of FMSs is a hybrid system where conventional manufacturing systems (CMS) and FMS sub-systems exist concurrently. Decisions related to part selection, job allocation, tool selection and assignment and process route selection are considered for both FMSs I and II. In the hybrid system, sharing of loads between CMS and FMS sub-systems is further investigated, in addition to the decision modules mentioned above. Associated bicriteria models are developed for the combined PS and ML problems in the three classes of FMSs to take advantage of both productivity and flexibility that FMS can offer. The models, once solved, will yield a set of consistent solutions for both PS and ML problems. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1991 .L435. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-01, page: 0409. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1991.