An integrated MCDM model for conveyor equipment evaluation and selection in an FMC based on a Fuzzy AHP and Fuzzy ARAS in the presence of vagueness

Huu Tho Nguyen, Siti Zawiah Md Dawal, Yusoff Nukman, Achmad P. Rifai, Hideki Aoyama

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The conveyor system plays a vital role in improving the performance of flexible manufacturing cells (FMCs). The conveyor selection problem involves the evaluation of a set of potential alternatives based on qualitative and quantitative criteria. This paper presents an integrated multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) model of a fuzzy AHP (analytic hierarchy process) and fuzzy ARAS (additive ratio assessment) for conveyor evaluation and selection. In this model, linguistic terms represented as triangular fuzzy numbers are used to quantify expert's uncertain assessments of alternatives with respect to the criteria. The fuzzy set is then integrated into the AHP to determine the weights of the criteria. Finally, a fuzzy ARAS is used to calculate the weights of the alternatives. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed model, a case study is performed of a practical example, and the results obtained demonstrate practical potential for the implementation of FMCs.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0153222
JournalPLoS One
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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