A note on productivity gains in flexible robotic cells Academic Article uri icon


  • Flexible robotic cells combine the capabilities of robotic flow shops with those of flexible manufacturing systems. In an m-machine flexible cell, each part visits each machine in the same order. However, the m operations can be performed in any order, and each machine can be configured to perform any operation. We derive the maximum percentage increase in throughput that can be achieved by changing the assignment of operations to machines and then keeping that assignment constant throughout a lot's processing. We find that no increase can be gained in two-machine cells, and that the gain in three- and four-machine cells each is at most 14 2/7%. Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2006.

published proceedings

  • Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal

author list (cited authors)

  • Geismar, H. N., Sethi, S. P., Sidney, J. B., & Sriskandarajah, C.

citation count

  • 14

complete list of authors

  • Geismar, H Neil||Sethi, Suresh P||Sidney, Jeffrey B||Sriskandarajah, Chelliah

publication date

  • January 2005