Previously published as: Integrated Manufacturing Systems
Online from: 2004
Subject Area: Operations and Logistics Management
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|Title:||Comparing functional and cellular layouts using simulation and Taguchi method|
|Author(s):||Abdessalem Jerbi, (Laboratoire des Systèmes Electro-Mécaniques, Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Sfax, Sfax, Tunisie), Hédi Chtourou, (Laboratoire des Systèmes Electro-Mécaniques, Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Sfax, Sfax, Tunisie Département de technologie, Institut Préparatoire aux études d'Ingénieurs de Sfax, Sfax, Tunisie), Aref Y. Maalej, (Laboratoire des Systèmes Electro-Mécaniques, Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Sfax, Sfax, Tunisie)|
|Citation:||Abdessalem Jerbi, Hédi Chtourou, Aref Y. Maalej, (2010) "Comparing functional and cellular layouts using simulation and Taguchi method", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 21 Iss: 5, pp.529 - 538|
|Keywords:||Cellular manufacturing, Manufacturing systems, Simulation, Taguchi methods|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17410381011046940 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – A number of simulation studies were conducted by several researchers in order to compare performances of cellular and functional layouts. The methodologies used by these studies either present several objectivity lacks or are highly time-consuming. The purpose of this paper is to propose a novel and objective methodology, based on the coupling of simulation and the Taguchi method.
Design/methodology/approach – Simulation models for both layouts are first developed. Simulations are then conducted following a standard Taguchi orthogonal array. Subsequently, the obtained results are analyzed using the analysis of variance technique. Finally, a mathematical model is built, and validated by the confirmation test.
Findings – The proposed comparison method permitted to obtain a valid mathematical model used to predict the superiority rank of the two layouts within the scope of the paper.
Originality/value – This paper presents a novel objective methodology for comparing functional and cellular layouts.
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