Paper Information

Journal:   JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (JISE)   WINTER 2008 , Volume 1 , Number 4; Page(s) 318 To 344.
 
Paper: 

MACHINE CELL FORMATION BASED ON A NEW SIMILARITY COEFFICIENT

 
 
Author(s):  GARBIE I.H.*, PARSAEI H.R., LEEP H.R.
 
* DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, HELWAN UNIVERSITY, HELWAN, CAIRO, 11792, EGYPT
 
Abstract: 

One of the designs of cellular manufacturing systems (CMS) requires that a machine population be partitioned into machine cells. Numerous methods are available for clustering machines into machine cells. One method involves using a similarity coefficient. Similarity coefficients between machines are not absolute, and they still need more attention from researchers. Although there are a number of similarity coefficients in the literature, they do not always incorporate the important properties of a similarity coefficient satisfactorily. These important properties include alternative routings, processing time, machine capacity (reliability), machine capability (flexibility), production volume, product demand, and the number of operations done on a machine. The objectives of this paper are to present a review of the literature on similarity coefficients between machines in CMS, to propose a new similarity coefficient between machines incorporating all these important properties of similarity, and to propose a machine cell heuristic approach to group machines into machine cells. An example problem is included and demonstrated in this paper.

 
Keyword(s): CELLULAR MANUFACTURING, SIMILARITY COEFFICIENTS, MACHINE CELLS
 
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