Manufacturing cell formation problem: A graph partitioning approach

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    The design of a cellular manufacturing system requires that a machine population be partitioned into machine groups called manufacturing cells. A new graph partitioning heuristic is proposed to solve the manufacturing cell formation problem (MCFP). In the proposed heuristic, The MCFP is represented by a graph whose node set represents the machine cluster and edge set represents the machine-pair association weights. A graph partitioning approach is used to form the manufacturing cells. This approach offers improved design flexibility by allowing a variety of design parameters to be controlled during cell formation. The effectiveness of the heuristic is demonstrated by comparing it to two MCFP published solution methods using several problems from the literature.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)341-352
    Number of pages12
    JournalIndustrial Management and Data Systems
    Issue number5-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


    • Cellular manufacturing
    • Heuristics
    • Manufacturing strategy
    • Manufacturing systems

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Management Information Systems
    • Industrial relations
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Strategy and Management
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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