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Integrating flexible process plans with scheduling in flexible manufacturing systems

Saygin, C
Kilic, SE
This paper highlights the importance of integration between process planning and scheduling in flexible manufacturing systems (FMS). An effective integration increases the potential for enhanced system performance and enhanced decision making. A framework that integrates flexible process plans with off-line (predictive) scheduling in FMS is presented The flexibility in process planning, including process flexibility, sequence flexibility, and alternative machine tools, is discussed. The proposed framework consists of four integrated stages with the objective of reducing the completion time. The integrated stages include: