Sequencing of robot activities and parts in two-machine robotic cells Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper deals with the development of analytical methods for determining an optimal sequence of parts and robot activities to minimize cycle time in robotic cells with two machines. A robot is used to feed parts to the two machines or in the absence of machines two robots perform processing operations on parts. Three different types of robotic cellular layouts, namely the robot-centered cell, the mobile robot cell, and the in-line robot cell have been considered in an automated flow line manufacturing system with no storage buffers. Optimal sequences have been established for both single and multiple part types when part production is performed in a repetitive fashion. In order to keep abreast with the current trend toward just-in-time manufacturing, production of a quantity known as the minimum part set (MPS) is considered for multiple part types. The analysis for a single MPS has further been extended to include the cyclic production of multiple MPSs. The problem of determining the optimal sequence of multiple part types has been shown equivalent to a two machines no-wait flow shop problem, and has been solved by Gilmore and Gomory's (1964) algorithm. 1996 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Production Research

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citation count

  • 43

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publication date

  • December 1996