Performance evaluation of an auction-based manufacturing cell using Generalized Stochastic Petri Nets.


An auction-based manufacturing system is characterized by the fact that the central control computer is eliminated and all the system entities make decisions locally through the negotiation process. The performance evaluation of such manufacturing systems is a new research topic because the traditional OR scheduling and dispatching models usually assume the existence of a central controller, which is, however, removed from an auction-based system. This thesis deals with the modelling and analysis of an auction-based flexible manufacturing cell, in which multiple machining centres are organized in two stages and are capable of processing multiple part types. The Generalized Stochastic Petri Nets is used as the modelling tool to build general models for the FMC with/without instage buffers. Performance measures such as, machine throughput and utilizations, number of block jobs, and queue lengths in the buffers are obtained by solving the model using SPNP package. The operational behaviour of the heterarchically controlled cell is discussed, i.e., the auction behaviour of downstream machines, the influence of instage buffers, and the effect of the number of part types.Dept. of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1993 .Z554. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 32-06, page: 1692. Adviser: S. P. Dutta. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1993

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