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

Gülfem Tuzkaya*, Bahadir Gülsün, Cengiz Kahraman, Doǧan Özgen

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2853-2863
Number of pages11
JournalExpert Systems with Applications
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

Keywords

  • Fuzzy ANP
  • Fuzzy PROMETHEE
  • Fuzzy sets
  • Material handling equipment selection
  • Multi-criteria decision making

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