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Manufacturing Cells Formation Based on Graph Coloring

DOI: 10.4236/jssm.2010.34056, PP. 494-500

Keywords: Manufacturing Cells, Group Technology, Optimization, Heuristics, Graph Theory

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A method for cellular manufacturing design in Group Technology is presented in this paper. The proposed method computes the dissimilarities between parts and organizes the production system in part-families and group-machines. A graph corresponding to the production system is generated and a coloring algorithm is activated in order to obtain a number of cells equal to the desired number of cells. The corresponding program was written in Matlab language and runs on a microcomputer. The results obtained on several examples found in the literature are consistently equivalent to or even better than those hitherto proposed, in terms of inter-cell moves and dimensions of the cells.

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