Quantifying the impact of using multi-function robots on productivity of rotationally arranged robotic cells

Mehdi Foumani, Mahrous Yousef Ibrahim, Indra Gunawan

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    Abstract

    This paper investigates the scheduling of a rotationally arranged robotic cell with the Multi-Function Robot (MFR). The earlier known robotic study in this area assumed that the robot only moves the part between machines. We lift this assumption on robot tasks and assumed a special class of robots which is also able to perform a special operation in transit. The aim is to find a minimum cycle time for identical part production. Considering additive and constant travel-time, the distance between any two machines is varying or constant based on the robot acceleration/deceleration for incompact and compact cells. The lower bound of the cycle time is deduced to evaluate the optimality of two practical permutations namely uphill and downhill. It also identifies the regions where using a Multi-Function Robotic Cell (MFRC) is more economical than a Single-Function Robotic Cell (SFRC).

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2013 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
    Place of PublicationNew Jersey USA
    PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    Pages1194-1198
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)9781479909865
    ISBN (Print)9781479909865
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventIEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM) 2013 - Bangkok, Thailand
    Duration: 10 Dec 201313 Dec 2013
    http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=6945926

    Conference

    ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM) 2013
    Abbreviated titleIEEM 2013
    Country/TerritoryThailand
    CityBangkok
    Period10/12/1313/12/13
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    Keywords

    • layout
    • Multi-function robot
    • Scheduling

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