Sequencing of parts and robot moves in a robotic cell Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper, we deal with the problem of sequencing parts and robot moves in a robotic cell where the robot is used to feed machines in the cell. The robotic cell, which produces a set of parts of the same or different types, is a flow-line manufacturing system. Our objective is to maximize the long-run average throughput of the system subject to the constraint that the parts are to be produced in proportion of their demand. The cycle time formulas are developed and analyzed for this purpose for cells producing a single part type using two or three machines. A state space approach is used to address the problem. Both necessary and sufficient conditions are obtained for various cycles to be optimal. Finally, in the case of many part types, the problem of scheduling parts for a specific sequence of robot moves in a two machine cell is formulated as a solvable case of the traveling salesman problem. 1992 Kluwer Academic Publishers.

published proceedings

  • Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Sethi, S. P., Sriskandarajah, C., Sorger, G., Blazewicz, J., & Kubiak, W.

citation count

  • 240

complete list of authors

  • Sethi, SP||Sriskandarajah, C||Sorger, G||Blazewicz, J||Kubiak, W

publication date

  • June 1992