Bala Ram

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This work addresses the heat treatment operation in a manufacturing plant. The heat treatment operation is characterized by process times ranging from 7 hours to 112 hours. The immediate prior operation to heat treatment is turning. Currently, the batches loaded in heat treatment, often do not use furnace capacity adequately. This paper describes the use of(More)
To enable longer space missions, systems for production of food in space will be necessary. The Autonomous Life Support System (ALSS) program of NASA is an ongoing research effort in this direction. This research uses intelligent agents to relieve the crew of substantial efforts relating to the food production tasks. In this paper, we propose a Contract Net(More)
This paper describes a tool, LAYSIM, to emphasize to the students the important role of material handling cost in choosing the type of layout; i.e., Product, Jobshop or Group Technology-based layout for a certain set of products. It addresses how through experimentation with LAYSIM students understand and appreciate the manufacturing costs associated with(More)
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