An integrated fuzzy multi-criteria decision making methodology for material handling equipment selection problem and an application


TUZKAYA G., GÜLSÜN B. , Kahraman C., ÖZGEN D.

EXPERT SYSTEMS WITH APPLICATIONS, vol.37, no.4, pp.2853-2863, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.eswa.2009.09.004
  • Title of Journal : EXPERT SYSTEMS WITH APPLICATIONS
  • Page Numbers: pp.2853-2863

Abstract

Material handling equipment selection problem (MHESP) is an important decision making area for the companies, since it has a direct effect on manufacturing and service productivity. In this study, an integrated fuzzy multi-criteria decision making methodology for MHESP is proposed. The proposed approach is utilized from fuzzy sets, Analytic Network Process (ANP) and Preference Ranking Organization METHod for Enrichment Evaluations (PROMETHEE) approaches. Evaluation criteria for the MHESP is weighted by fuzzy-ANP (F-ANP) approach, then, alternative material handling equipments are evaluated by fuzzy-PROMETHEE (F-PROMETHEE) approach. The methodology is applied for a manufacturing company to prove its effectiveness. Finally, some sensitivity analyses are conducted to show the results' sensitiveness to the changes of the weights of the evaluation criteria. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.