Inspection of an unreliable flexible manufacturing system: With repairable parts and non-negligible inspection times

Lie Fern Hsu, Charles S. Tapiero

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to address the problem of quality control and repair in an FMS which is described by an open queuing network. We consider two cases: First, all detected defective parts are directed to a special repair facility; second, a defective part is repaired within the machine group where it is detected. Using numerical analyses, we provide some managerial insights regarding the role, position, and distribution of the inspection effort in an FMS, and draw some inferences regarding the design of such FMS when both quality and quantity issues in the FMS are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)360-371
Number of pages12
JournalProduction Planning and Control
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994

Keywords

  • Flexible manufacturing system
  • Open queuing network
  • Quality control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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