Distributed scheduling of flexible manufacturing systems: stability and performance Academic Article uri icon


  • We consider a manufacturing system producing several part-types on several machines. Raw parts are input to the system. Each unit of a given part-type requires a predetermined processing time at each of several machines, in a given order. A setup time is required whenever a machine switches from processing one part-type to another. For a single machine system with constant demand rates, we present a class of Generalized Round-Robin scheduling policies for which the buffer level trajectory of each part-type converges to a steady state level. Furthermore, for all small initial conditions, we show that these policies can be Pareto-efficient with respect to the buffer sizes required. Allowing the input streams to have some burstiness, we derive upper bounds on the buffer levels for small initial conditions. For non-acyclic systems, we consider a class of policies which are stable for all inputs with bounded burstiness. We show how to employ system elements, called regulators, to stabilize systems. Using the bounds for the single machine case, we analyze the performance of regulated systems implementing Generalized Round-Robin scheduling policies. 1994 IEEE

published proceedings

  • IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation

author list (cited authors)

  • Perkins, J. R., Humes, C., & Kumar, P. R.

citation count

  • 62

complete list of authors

  • Perkins, JR||Humes, C||Kumar, PR

publication date

  • April 1994