Manufacturing systems need to be able to work under the dynamic and uncertain production environment. Machine and routing flexibility combined with preventive maintenance actions can improve the performance of the manufacturing systems under dynamic conditions. This paper evaluates different levels of machine and routing flexibility combined with different degrees of preventive maintenance policy. The performance measures considered are throughput, work in process and throughput. The performance measures are compared with a system without any flexibility and no preventive maintenance actions. Different levels of flexibility and preventive maintenance actions are examined under a simulation environment. The simulation results highlight more important factors for the performance measures and the best combination of the factors to improve the performance.
The research discusses in this paper concerns the improvement allocation policies to reduce the process time in job-shop manufacturing systems. The policies proposed are based on the evaluation of the workload control of the entire manufacturing system. Three policies are proposed: centralized, distributed and proportional. A simulation model is used to test the proposed policies under different conditions as: static and dynamic demand; introduction of machine breakdowns; different level of average manufacturing system utilization. The performance measures are compared to a manufacturing system without policies. The simulation results show that the improvement allocation allows to improve the performance with limited investment (average reduction of process time needed) and how the machine breakdowns and demand changes lead to different better policy. The decision maker can use these results to decide the better policy to use.