Intelligent design of a dynamic machine layout in uncertain environment of flexible manufacturing systems


Moslemipour, Ghorbanali and Lee, T. S. (2012) Intelligent design of a dynamic machine layout in uncertain environment of flexible manufacturing systems. Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, 23 (5). pp. 1849-1860. ISSN 0956-5515

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Since Facility Layout Problem (FLP) affects the total manufacturing cost significantly, it can be considered as a critical issue in the early stages of designing Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMSs), particularly in volatile environments where uncertainty in product demands is inevitable. This paper proposes a new mathematical model by using the Quadratic Assignment Problem formulation for designing an optimal machine layout for each period of a dynamic machine layout problem in FMSs. The product demands are considered as independent normally distributed random variables with known Probability Density Function (PDF), which changes from period to period at random. In this model, the decision maker's defined confidence level is also considered. The confidence level represents the decision maker's attitude about uncertainty in product demands in such a way that it affects the results of the problem significantly. To validate the proposed model, two different size test problems are generated at random. Since the FLP, especially in multi-period case is a hard Combinatorial Optimization Problem (COP), Simulated Annealing (SA) meta-heuristic resolution approach programmed in Matlab is used to solve the mathematical model in a reasonable computational time. Finally, the computational results are evaluated statistically.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA71-90 Instruments and machines > QA75.5-76.95 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET)
Depositing User: Ms Rosnani Abd Wahab
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2012 08:57
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2012 08:57


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