Title: A goal programming embedded genetic algorithm for multi-objective manufacturing cell design

Authors: Barnali Chaudhuri; R.K. Jana; Dinesh K. Sharma; P.K. Dan

Addresses: Department of Business Management, Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, India ' Indian Institute of Management Raipur, GEC Campus, Sejbahar, CG492015, India ' Department of Business, Management and Accounting, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD 21853, USA ' Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, WB 721302, India

Abstract: In this paper, a multi-objective manufacturing cell design problem is studied. A goal programming (GP) embedded real-coded genetic algorithm (GA) is designed for solving this problem. Initially, the GA is used to obtain the individual minimum of each objective. Thereafter, utilising the concepts of GP, an equivalent problem is derived, and the sum of deviation variables associated with the objectives are minimised. The GA is used further to obtain the optimal cell design. A software toolkit is developed based on the proposed technique using C Sharp.net to ensure its use in a larger scale. The effectiveness of the technique is judged based on a set of test problems of different sizes. The proposed technique is found to be better in terms of the performance measure over the existing ones.

Keywords: manufacturing cell design; multi-objective optimisation; goal programming; genetic algorithm.

DOI: 10.1504/IJADS.2019.096562

International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences, 2019 Vol.12 No.1, pp.98 - 114

Received: 30 Mar 2018
Accepted: 22 May 2018

Published online: 05 Dec 2018 *

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