, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 11-20

Designing cellular manufacturing systems with dynamic part populations


The effectiveness of a cellular manufacturing system is sensitive to fluctuations in the demand for products and the product mix. This paper presents a new formulation of the part family/machine cell formation problem that addresses the dynamic nature of the production environment by considering a multi-period forecast of product mix and demand during the formation of part families and machine cells. The goal of the multi-period formulation is to obtain a cellular design that continues to perform well with respect to the design objectives as the part population changes with time.