Analysis of flexible machining cells for unmanned production

Katsundo Hitomi, Kazumasa Ohashi, Katsundo Hitomi

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In this paper the effective use of a single NC machine with multiple functions is discussed in order to pursue fully-automated, unmanned production. A problem maximizing the number of workpieces to be machined as a primary objective, as well as maximizing the tool life as a secondary objective, is formulated under the limited capacity of the tool magazine, the available processing time, the restricted machining force, etc. This problem is solved by applying the decomposition procedure. A numerical example is given to show the practical applicability of the proposed algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1603-1613
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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