Particle Swarm Optimization for Facility Layout Problems With/Out Department-Specific Restrictions
The facility layout problems in today’s batch-to-mass manufacturing systems have gained a whole new face and popularity due to the requirements of mass customization. Facilities layout problem is still the most popular application for the Quadratic Assignment Problem . The facility layout model addressed in this study is also known as quadratic assignment problem and formulated as integer linear programming formulation . PSO performs a population-based search which emulates the social behavior of bird flocking and fish schooling . In PSO, candidate solutions, called particles, search through the problem space by following the current optimal particles. Locations of particles in the search space are determined by their positions and velocities.