David Ben-Arieh and E. Stanley Lee
Department of Industrial Engineering
Manhattan, Kansas, 66506
Modern computerized manufacturing systems increasingly accentuate small batch production with high variability of products. This tendency makes routing and scheduling combinatorially intractable problems. In addition to the increased complexity of the problem, the time frame in which the solution is needed keeps decreasing.
The approach presented in this paper remedies these difficulties by introducing an efficient real time control method for part routing. This control approach uses fuzzy parameters in order to decide to which machine to route the parts. The fuzzy control approach converts known and crisp ...