Throughput performance analysis for closed-loop vehicle-based material handling systems
A computationally effective analysis of the throughput performance of a closed-loop multi-vehicle automated material handling system (AMHS) used in highly automated 300 mm wafer fabrication facilities (fabs) is presented. A probabilistic model is developed, based on a detailed description of AMHS operations, and the system is analyzed as an extended Markov chain. The model represents vehicle operations on the closed-loop considering the possibility of vehicle blocking. This analysis provides essential parameters such as the vehicle blocking probabilities and the throughput capacity of the AMHS. A numerical example is analyzed and simulated using AutoMod to demonstrate and validate the stochastic model.
"Throughput performance analysis for closed-loop vehicle-based material handling systems" (2008). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 764.