Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

Lashkari, R. S.,


Engineering, Industrial.



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In this thesis, the loading problem in Flexible Assembly Systems (FASs) has been studied. Two integer programming models of the loading problem are presented. The first model is an extension of an earlier 0/1 integer programming model which takes into consideration the unit transportation costs. The total cost in model 1 thus is a summation of assembly costs and unit transportation costs. An operation in a FAS may be performed at more than one station. However, this capacity is not fully explored and taken advantage of if the complete production requirements of an assembly are sent to one station only for a particular operation. Model 2 allows the splitting of the production requirements among a number of stations to perform a given operation, while ensuring the forward uni-directional flow of units in the assembly system. This modelling is attempted through use of general integer programming. To gain computational experience and to validate the models, numerical examples ranging in size from small-to-medium-to-large are presented and the results are discussed. A discussion of the engineering aspects of FASs such as material handling, buffers, etc. is also provided.Dept. of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1997 .S522. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-02, page: 0675. Adviser: R. S. Lashkari. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.