A methodology for the design of manufacturing systems using group technology
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The primary objectives in implementing computer integrated manufacturing systems (CIMS) are to improve quality, enhance flexibility, and increase productivity. One of the approaches used to achieve these objectives is to organize and group the production machines into manufacturing cells using group technology concepts. Cellular manufacturing allows small batch production to gain economic advantages similar to mass production while maintaining the flexibility of job shop production. This paper presents a methodology which uses design and manufacturing attributes to form manufacturing cells in a computer integrated manufacturing setting. The methodology is implemented in two phases. In phase I, parts are grouped into part families based on their design and manufacturing attributes. In phase II of the methodology, the machines are grouped into manufacturing cells based on relevant operational costs, and the various cells are assigned part families using an optimization technique. The optimization technique employs integer programming to minimize the total operational costs. © 1994 Taylor and Francis Ltd.
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KAMRANI, A. K., & PARSAEI, H. R.