Journal of International Information Management


This paper deals with generating a near optimal production plan for Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS). The production plan is one of the most important aspects for the efficient operation of FMS. First, we define the scope of the production planning problem. Then we develop a set of production rules to be used in an expert system approach to the problem. The expert system has been implemented in Guru 2.0, an expert system development tool. The performance of this expert system is evaluated using a set of small to medium-size problem data. Based on the test results, the expert system approach to the solution of the production planning problem appears to be an efficient method.