Using the virtual cell concept for short-term production planning for flexible job shop manufacturing systems

Shu Hsing Chung, Chin Yi Fang

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Short-term production planning (STPP) problems in flexible job shop manufacturing systems (FJSMS), which consist of computerized numerically, controlled (CNC) machines and dedicated machines, are discussed here. Short-term production planning problems of FJSMS include part type selection, process selection, batch sizing and part family/machine group formation. A proposed STPP system for FJSMS is developed for cases where production contents are frequently changed thus resulting in the physical machine layout being not justified. It mainly adopts a restricted-period planning approach, using a virtual cell's concept for solving the STPP problem. The planning goal of STPP is to satisfy quantity and due date requirements as determined by MRP/CRP, with due consideration to the features of NC machines and dedicated machines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-251
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1993 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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