With the development of modern technology, industrial robots have been applied extensively in different industries to perform high-risk jobs and produce high-quality products. However, selecting an appropriate robot for a specific manufacturing environment is a difficult task for decision makers because of the increase in complexity, production demands, and the availability of different robot types. Normally, robot selection can be regarded as a complex multicriteria decision-making problem, and decision makers often use uncertain linguistic terms to express their assessments because of time pressure, lack of data, and their limited expertise. In this article, a modified MULTIMOORA (Multiobjective Optimization by Ratio Analysis plus the Full Multiplicative Form) method based on hesitant fuzzy linguistic term sets (named HFL-MULTIMOORA) is proposed for evaluating and selecting the optimal robot for a given industrial application. This method deals with the decision makers’ uncertain assessments with hesitant fuzzy linguistic variables, which can increase the flexibility of representing linguistic information. Finally, an empirical example is presented to demonstrate the proposed method, and the results indicate that the HFL-MULTIMOORA provides a useful and practical tool for solving robot selection problems within a hesitant linguistic information environment.
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