Title: Manufacturing cell formation using artificial immune system

Authors: A. Manimaran, G. Prabhakaran, P. Venkumar

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, N.P.R. College of Engineering and Technology, Natham, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, 624401, India. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Technology, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600116, India. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kalasalingam University, Krishnankoil, Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu, 626190, India

Abstract: The cellular manufacturing system is a well-known strategy which improves the production efficiency and cutting down the manufacturing cost. The main problem in designing cellular manufacturing system is cell formation, which is concerned with grouping parts with similar processing required into part families and associated machines into machines and minimises the exceptional elements. This paper presents the artificial immune system method to solve the manufacturing cell formation problems with the objective to minimise the exceptional elements. This method is applied to the existing datasets found in the literature and it is found to out performs other methods.

Keywords: cellular manufacturing systems; CMS design; exceptional elements; grouping efficacy; affinity mutation; clonal selection; artificial immune system; AIS; receptor editing; manufacturing cells; cell formation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAET.2011.042363

International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology, 2011 Vol.3 No.5/6, pp.547 - 558

Published online: 06 Sep 2011 *

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