Title: Cell formation configuration using interval type-2 fuzzy interactional interests among workers

Authors: Iraj Mahdavi; Nezam Mahdavi-Amiri; Faezeh Naderi; Mohammad Mahdi Paydar

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering, Mazandaran University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 734, Babol, Iran ' Faculty of Mathematical Sciences, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11365-11155, Tehran, Iran ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Mazandaran University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 734, Babol, Iran ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Babol University of Technology, P.O. Box 484, Babol, Iran

Abstract: Group working has an important role in cellular manufacturing systems (CMS) as they can affect the work environment and job executions on machines. The most important factors affecting human resources are aspects of ability and interactional interest among workers in workshops. Here, we present a simple and efficient method considering these two aspects to deal with the assignment of workers to cells. We use interval type-2 fuzzy interactional interest among workers and the capability of working on machines to develop a new concept of cell formation in CMS. By using a multidepot multiple travelling salesman problem (MDmTSP) model, we assign workers to cells and then propose a mathematical model to assign machine to cells.

Keywords: cellular manufacturing system; CMS; worker assignment; interval type-2 fuzzy sets; IT2-FSs; multidepot multiple travelling salesman problem; MDmTSP.

DOI: 10.1504/IJOR.2017.086524

International Journal of Operational Research, 2017 Vol.30 No.2, pp.172 - 192

Available online: 22 Aug 2017 *

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