Simulation-based methodology for machine cell design


This paper presents a simulation-based methodology which uses both design and manufacturing attributes to form manufacturing cells. The methodology is implemented in three phases. In phase I, parts are grouped into part families based on their design and manufacturing dissimilarities. In phase II, machines are grouped into manufacturing cells based on relevant operational costs and various cells are assigned part families using an optimization technique. Phases I and II are based on integer and mixed-integer mathematical models. Finally, in phase III, a simulation model of the proposed system is built and verified, and the model is run so that data on the proposed system may be gathered and evaluated. The mathematical and simulation models are used to solve a sample production problem. The results from these models are compared, and can be used to justify the final design. By the use of these modeling tools, cellular manufacturing systems can be designed, analyzed, optimized, and finally justified.

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Computers and Industrial Engineering