Bala Ram

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The problem of transportation in a disaster area can be seen broadly as having two aspects: (a) moving people and materials out of an area, and (b) moving people and materiel into the same area. The common thread here is the use of a limited set of surface and air transportation gateways into and out of the area. The distributed routing problem here is that(More)
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)
The problem of selecting and specifying material handling systems for manufacturing operations is challenging because of the variety of technologies available for material handling tasks and the significant fixed costs of systems. Most of the previous work in this area usually does not address the possibility of selecting from among different technology(More)
In this paper we focus on integrating material handling requirements with manufacturing operations. The two goals of this paper are: 1) To present a specification framework for both material handling tasks and material handling equipment based on compatibility and economics, and, 2) To present computational tools for evaluating the system performance of(More)
Industrial Engineering students at the undergraduate and graduate levels can benefit from participating in industry projects. Capabilities of faculty student teams to complete such projects have been marketed to local industry by an industrial extension program. Several such projects have been completed recently. The impact of these projects on both the(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)