Decouplers in Integrated Cellular Manufacturing Systems

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J. T. Black

Department of Industrial Engineering, Dunstan Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama 36849

B. J. Schroer

Johnson Research Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama 35899

J. Eng. Ind 110(1), 77-85 (Feb 01, 1988) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3187846 History: Received July 29, 1987; Online July 30, 2009


This paper describes the use of decouplers within an integrated manufacturing cell operating in a Just-In-Time (JIT) environment. The operation of a cell and the function of decouplers are described. A simulation model was developed using GPSS/PC to study cell behavior and the effects of decouplers on the manufacturing cell. The influence of machine time and quality levels on the production rate of the cell is examined.

Copyright © 1988 by ASME
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