Postprint version. Published in International Journal of Production Research, Volume 35, Issue 12, December 1, 1997, pages 3349-3366. Copyright © 1997 Taylor & Francis. The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/002075497194110.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Manocher Djassemi was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
One of the underlying assumptions in cellular manufacturing is that product mix is relatively stable over time. In this paper, a procedure for the sensitivity analysis of the performance of a cellular manufacturing system with respect to changes in the product mix is presented and a flexibility range representing the capability of the system in dealing with these changes is determined using simulation modelling. The simulation results in this study show that as the changes in the product mix increase the superiority of the performance of the cellular manufacturing system to the corresponding job shop system diminishes.