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A fuzzy approach for performance modeling in a batch plant: application to semiconductor manufacturing

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4 Author(s)
C. Azzaro-Pantel ; Lab. de Genie Chimique, CNRS, Toulouse, France ; P. Floquet ; L. Pibouleau ; S. Domenech

In the current literature dealing with job shop scheduling, most of the approaches have developed models based on the assumption that the problem domain does not contain any imprecision. However, this hypothesis is strongly challenged in the implementation phase of such models-imprecision is inherent to production systems involving human intervention. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the advantages of possibilistic production data modeling in a real-world application, i.e., semiconductor manufacturing. In this work, a discrete-event simulation model (MELISSA) for performance evaluation of a batch-manufacturing facility previously developed in our laboratory has been extended to treat uncertainties modeled by fuzzy numbers. Due to the confidential nature of industrial data, an illustrative example, presenting the same typical features as a real problem, is treated and analyzed using fuzzy concepts. Inclusion of fuzzy techniques provides the decision-maker with a range of possible values for completion times, average storage times, and operator workload instead of a unique value (which has little significance due to the variety of human operators). In addition, the negative portion of average waiting times yields useful information for the manager to detect deficient resources in the production system

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IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 3 )