Postprint version. Published in Computers & Industrial Engineering, Volume 40, Issue 1-2, June 1, 2001, pages 65-77. Copyright © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0360-8352(00)00072-3.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Manocher Djassemi was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
Quality index (QI) has been proposed as a screening mechanism for machine-part matrices in the development of cellular manufacturing systems. In this paper the effect of reliability consideration on the application of QI and the relative sensitivity of job shop and cellular manufacturing systems to reliability changes are evaluated by simulation modeling. Performance measures such as mean flow time and work-in-process inventories are used in the comparative study of job shop and cellular manufacturing.