Optimization of Material Handling System through Material Handling Equipment Selection

Muhammad Zubair, Shahid Maqsood, Muhammad Omair, Ishrat Noor

Abstract


In today’s competitive world, it is a very difficult and complex task to select one alternative from different sets of
alternatives especially when the data are vague and inexact. This paper focuses on the application of one of multi-criteria
decision-making tools called the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) for the selection of material handling equipment at a
local industry in order to optimize the material handling system. Questionnaires were developed and distributed among
experts, employees, and workers working in the industry. The measure of central tendency (Mean) calculated from the data
was used as an input for the pair-wise exchange matrix. The selection was subject to four criteria with each having three subcriteria. The overall results showed that AGV’s are more significant for material handling in the pharmaceutical industry
as compared to forklift and conveyor belt.


Keywords


Analytical Hierarchy Process, Manufacturing, Material Handling system, Productivity

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