Title: A multi-objective integrated cellular manufacturing systems design with production planning, worker assignment and dynamic system reconfiguration

Authors: Majid Soolaki

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering, Mazandaran University of Science and Technology, Tabarsi Street, Babol 47166-95635, Iran

Abstract: This paper offers a new mathematical model for the design of cell formation in dynamic cellular manufacturing system (DCMS) based on production planning (PP) and worker assignment. Here, workers will assign on machines by their skills. In dynamic environment, the best-designed cells for one period may not be efficient for subsequent periods and reconfiguration of cells is required. Reconfiguration may involve adding, removing or relocating machines; it may also involve a change in processing rout of part types from a period to another. Here, the aim of the model is to develop a multi-objective DCMS model that integrates multi-period PP, dynamic system reconfiguration and available time of workers, worker assignment and several other attributes. Consequently, a multi-objective dynamic cell formation problem is presented, where the total cells load variation (the second objective function) and sum of the miscellaneous costs (the first objective function) are to be minimised simultaneously. For solving this type of problems, it is reasonable to investigate a set of solutions, so I use fast and elitist multi-objective genetic algorithm for solving the mathematical model to find Pareto-optimal solutions and numerical results show effectiveness of the proposed model.

Keywords: cellular manufacturing systems; CMS design; dynamic CMS; multi-objective DCMS models; production planning; worker assignment; dynamic system reconfiguration; mathematical modelling; genetic algorithms; manufacturing cells; cell formation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2012.049412

International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2012 Vol.12 No.3, pp.280 - 300

Published online: 20 Dec 2014 *

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