An AHP and fuzzy AHP multi-factor decision-making approach for technology and supplier selection in the high-functionality textile industry

Adrian E Coronado Mondragon, Ernesto Mastrocinque, Jung-Fa Tsai, Paul Hogg

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Using the lamination process in the high-functionality textile industry this paper investigates the development of an approach for technology and supplier selection based on twelve factors affecting manufacturing technology selection with respect to the supply chain. In many manufacturing industries, technology selection still represents a challenging and not fully understood area especially when it comes to choosing between competing technologies with similar levels of performance. The methodology employed identified two competing
lamination technologies with high levels of development and mechanization: full
lamination/solvent type and dot lamination/solvent free. This was followed by the identification of multiple factors affecting manufacturing technology selection with respect to the supply chain, the use of Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) techniques and a case study involving site visits and interviews with senior management of a company operating in the high-functionality textiles industry. The analysis of empirical data gathered from the case study
revealed how supply chain-related factors are more important than those directly related to the technical merit of the technology such as low cost manufacturing or automation. The proposed approach has the potential to be transferable to other industries using lamination processes and/or advanced fiber and fabric technology.
LanguageEnglish
Pages(In-Press)
JournalIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
Volume(In-Press)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 7 Jun 2019

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Textile industry
Decision making
Supply chains
Industry
Mechanization
Functionality
Analytical hierarchy process
Multi-factor
Technology selection
Supplier selection
Supply chain
Lamination
Factors
Automation
Manufacturing technology
Fibers
Costs

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An AHP and fuzzy AHP multi-factor decision-making approach for technology and supplier selection in the high-functionality textile industry. / Coronado Mondragon, Adrian E; Mastrocinque, Ernesto; Tsai, Jung-Fa; Hogg, Paul.

In: IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. (In-Press), 07.06.2019, p. (In-Press).

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