Title: An intelligent hybrid model for the integrated design of cellular manufacturing systems

Authors: K.S. Sangwan, Rambabu Kodali

Addresses: Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani-333031, India. ' Mechanical Engineering Group and Engineering Technology Group, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani-333031, India

Abstract: The design of cellular manufacturing systems (CMS) mainly involves three interrelated phases: cell formation, intracell layout (machine layout), and intercell layout (cell layout). Most of the techniques for the design of CMS considered only the cell formation phase and only a few researchers for the design of CMS involved three interrelated phases separately and sequentially without evaluating the effect of each phase on the other phases. This sequential approach may be efficient to one particular phase but need not be efficient for the overall design of CMS. In this paper, we propose a mathematical model for integration of three interrelated phases and an intelligent hybrid algorithm that uses simulated annealing and genetic algorithms to solve the problem. The proposed model is validated using examples from literature.

Keywords: cellular manufacturing systems; CMS; simulated annealing; genetic algorithms; cellular layouts; intelligent models; hybrid models; integrated design; cell formation; intracell layouts; machine layouts; intercell layouts; cell layouts; interrelated phases; sequential approaches; mathematical models; integration; services management; operations management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSOM.2011.040708

International Journal of Services and Operations Management, 2011 Vol.9 No.2, pp.202 - 226

Published online: 11 Mar 2015 *

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