Communication networks play an increasingly important role in assembly and disassembly systems. Most of the works published recently to analyze such systems use simulation. However, these works have typically focused on Carrier Sense Multiple Access protocol and none of the studies address the performance of Token Ring protocol for such applications. In this paper, we attempt to fill this void. To this end, we analyze a disassembly system that is a combination of physical manifold (performed by machines) and information network (performed by computers). We develop a model to analyze the system's behavior and attemt to obtain an optimal or near optimal solution to maximize the system's performance by minimizing the risk of downtime due to network capacity related problems. A case example is considered to demonstrate the feasibility of the model's implementation.
Originally published in the Proceedings of the 2005 Northeast Decision Sciences Institute Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 30-April 1, 2005 (CD-ROM)
Subjects and keywords:
Production engineering disassembly communication networks Engineering