Formation of manufacturing cells based on material flows

Yong Yin, Kazuhiko Yasuda, Lan Hu

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The objective of many cell formation methods is to minimize overall material flows of parts. However, most methods do not incorporate several production factors that are extremely relevant to the material flows. We indicate and incorporate these factors into a nonlinear mathematical model and propose a heuristic methodology. Several problems are solved to illustrate the great benefits brought by these relevant production factors. We also test the computational performance of the proposed heuristic using three large-size problems. The computational results suggest that the approach produces reliable solutions in acceptable computational times.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-165
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Nov 1


  • Alternative process routings
  • Cellular manufacturing
  • Intercell and Intracell movements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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