A methodology that integrates the scheduling of job sequencing and AGV dispatching in a FMS
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To develop the new scheduling methodology, the currently used AGVS controller decision set was examined and expanded. The expanded decision set gives the AGVS controller more options to choose from when scheduling the AGVS.
The developed integrated scheduling methodology contains four steps. The first step determines which job is to be processed next by each work center based on job sequencing heuristics. The second step determines which work center is to be serviced next by the AGVS based on the estimated time till the work center is forced to stop production. The third step determines which specific job is to be serviced next by the AGVS by combining the work centers' processing orders and the work center servicing priorities. The fourth step decides which AGV is to transport the job requiring immediate service.
Based on the preliminary study of a fictitious FMS, the new scheduling methodology showed a statistically significant increase in total job throughput, and a significant decrease in average flow time. Work center utilization also increased. A slight increase in unloaded AGV travel time was found, but was outweighed by the other benefits.
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