Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1019249416368
Title: Concurrent process planning and scheduling in distributed virtual manufacturing
Authors: Wu, S.H.
Fuh, J.Y.H. 
Nee, A.Y.C. 
Issue Date: Jan-2002
Source: Wu, S.H.,Fuh, J.Y.H.,Nee, A.Y.C. (2002-01). Concurrent process planning and scheduling in distributed virtual manufacturing. IIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers) 34 (1) : 77-89. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1019249416368
Abstract: With the fast development of the world economy, distributed virtual manufacturing is becoming increasingly important since it can respond rapidly to market changes and make resource sharing more efficient among manufacturing partners. In this environment, partners may be located at different geographical locations, and co-operation among partners is a vital task and thus concurrent planning and scheduling has become a challenging research topic. This paper presents a computerized model that can integrate these manufacturing functions and resolve some of the critical problems in distributed virtual manufacturing, such as virtual co-operation, optimal partner selection, etc. This integration model is realized through a multi-agent approach that provides a practical approach for software integration in a distributed environment. A cost function is proposed and adopted for optimal partner selection in a virtual enterprise, which not only considers a partner's manufacturing capability and process requirements, but also the processing time, partner's location and product due date. Through establishing a virtual manufacturing model in a simulated environment, the proposal was validated with a case study. It shows that the proposed methodology can satisfy the distribution and agility requirements. This approach is able to contribute to the reduction of product cost, improving product quality and shortening lead time, compared to the sequential approach in the normal engineering and production practice.
Source Title: IIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers)
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/59776
ISSN: 0740817X
DOI: 10.1023/A:1019249416368
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