Document Type


Date of Award

Fall 1-31-1995

Degree Name

Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering - (M.S.)


Manufacturing Engineering Division

First Advisor

Steve Kotefski

Second Advisor

Samir B. Billatos

Third Advisor

Sanchoy K. Das


The objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of utilizing an expert system technology as it relates to manufacturing. It appears that our industries are still uncertain about this technology. In the first phase of this study, procedure for deployment of this technology is discussed. Secondly a knowledge-based expert system is developed, using a VP-Expert microcomputer shell. The system is made of three modules, inventory module, cost analysis module, and decision making module (for the selection of pumps).

A warehouse was selected for the analysis, which carries the finished product in the form of pumps. The quantities and parameters of the pump are maintained in the two database files.

The system is user friendly and most of the data required for maintaining inventory and cost calculation is retrievable from the database files and the user is asked to input very little information.

Included in

Manufacturing Commons



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