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Application of AHP in the Analysis of Flexible Manufacturing System

Rajveer Singh, Parveen Sharma, and Sandeep Singhal
National Institute of Technology/Mechanical Engineering Department, Kurukshetra, India

Abstract—In recent years, the area of manufacturing has become more intensive and competitive. Now-a-days all the service fields are attempting to find ways to improve their flexibility by changing their manufacturing strategy. The main aim of Flexible Manufacturing is to adopt effective and efficient strategies to fulfill the demands of consumers. In this highly competitive global market the industries are forced to focus more on increasing productivity and quality coupled with decreasing cost by right selection of efficient manufacturing system. Present study highlights a logical procedure to select the effective flexible manufacturing process in terms of various aspects as quality improvement, faster delivery, profitability, etc. by using Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) method. The AHP is used in flexible manufacturing as a potential decision making tool. The primary requirement of AHP is to make a matrix of the variables for their paired comparison. There are a lot of AHP processes, but here only the two of them i.e. Additive Normalization Method and Geometric Mean Method are being used by analyzing the flexible manufacturing with respect to micro and macro variables.

Index Terms—flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), AHP, multi-criteria decision making, additive normalization process, geometric mean process, advanced manufacturing technologies

Cite: Rajveer Singh, Parveen Sharma, and Sandeep Singhal, "Application of AHP in the Analysis of Flexible Manufacturing System," Journal of Industrial and Intelligent Information, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 15-20, March 2016. doi: 10.12720/jiii.4.1.15-20

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