Concurrent design of facility layout and flow-based department formation
The design of facility layout takes into account a number of issues including the formation of departments, the layout of these, the determination of the material handling methods to be used, etc. To achieve an e?cient layout, these issues should be examined simultaneously. However, in practice, these problems are generally formulated and solved sequentially due to the complicated nature of the integrated problem. Speci?cally, there is close interaction between the formation of departments and layout of these departments. These problems are treated as separate problems that are solved sequentially. This procedure is mainly due to the complexity of each problem and the interrelationships between them. In this research, we take a ?rst step toward integrating the ?ow-based department formation and departmental layout into comprehensive mathematical models and develop appropriate solution procedures. It is expected that these mathematical models and the solution procedures developed will generate more e?cient manufacturing system designs, insights into the nature of the concurrent facility layout problem, and new research directions.
Advisor:Peters, Brett A.; Malave, Cesar O.; Curry, Guy L.; Dahm, P. Frederick
School:Texas A&M University
School Location:USA - Texas
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:facility layout department formation material handling multi bay genetic algorithms memetic
Date of Publication:12/01/2003