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Title: Development of the MAIN algorithm for a cellular manufacturing machine layout
Authors: Chan, WM
Chan, CY 
Kwong, CK 
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: International journal of production research, 2004, v. 42, no. 1, p. 51-65 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of production research 
Abstract: When a static machine layout is simply optimized to a fixed quantitative demand, it may not be able to cope with demand fluctuations. The development of a heuristic approach called the MAIN (Machines Allocation INter-relationship) algorithm for intracellular machine layout design is introduced. It begins by analysing a single period with a fixed quantitative demand and machine assignment is based on a set of proposed objective functions together with merging techniques. To simulate the demand fluctuations in a multiple periods planning horizon, layouts are generated to fit different demand profiles. Each layout is then processed further. First, at every periodic transition, there is re-layout to minimize the material-handling cost. Second, we will examine the condition of using a layout right through all the periods to keep away from the machine rearrangement cost with some scarifications of the material-handling cost. Comparisons will be done to seek out good machine layout(s). In terms of a single-period layout, the experimental results show that the proposed heuristic algorithm can achieve an average deviation of 4.8% in contrast with optimal solutions. However, to opt for re-layout or not depends very much on the relations between the machine rearrangement and material-handling costs. Moreover, the variations in the qualitative aspects in material handling will also be considered as it has significant influence on the design of the machine layout.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/34054
ISSN: 0020-7543
EISSN: 1366-588X
DOI: 10.1080/00207540310001598456
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