Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology




School of Engineering




This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. The final authenticated version is Available online at: Vafadar, A., Tolouei-Rad, M., & Hayward, K. (2019). An integrated model to use drilling modular machine tools. The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 102(5-8), 2387-2397.


Modular machine tools provide a platform for drilling-related operations within automotive companies. The use of these machine tools is widespread; however, manufacturers wishing to use this technology frequently face the challenge of selecting the most appropriate manufacturing system. Accordingly, a comprehensive feasibility analysis procedure is required to assist decision-makers before any investment is made on the preparation of detailed machine design or purchase one. This paper presents a model, which collects the previous works of the authors. To do this, an integrated framework for decision-making of using machine tools is developed. The aim of this model is to enable users to make a logical decision by assessing the strengths and limitations of machine tools. To do this, the parameters which have a key influence on the decision-making process and relevant procedures are identified and integrated into a model. A case study is presented to illustrate the application of proposed model, and results are discussed. The results show that the proposed model is useful in assisting manufacturers in evaluating the performance of a modular machine tool in comparison with other alternatives.



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