IIE Transactions

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 11–20 | Cite as

Designing cellular manufacturing systems with dynamic part populations

  • ELIN M. Wicks
  • RODERICK J. Reasor


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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • ELIN M. Wicks
    • 1
  • RODERICK J. Reasor
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Industrial EngineeringUniversity of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Eastman Chemical CompanyKingsportUSA

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