Propose an Algorithm for Manufacturing Cells Formation (MCF): A CIM Perspective


The efficient application of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) models in a fully integrated manner will help the industries face the global and local competition with a high degree of confidence. In this study, the Group Technology Philosophy of grouping parts in families and machines in cells was considered. An algorithm based on the CIM models for manufacturing cells formation (MCF) was developed. To do this, some important criteria identified, and their impact on the system performance studied. The proposed algorithm sheds light on the dynamic behavior of the manufacturing cells and it allows obtaining information flow, in order to obtain a flow shop layout for the machine cells, and modifying inefficient cells layout. Keywords: Group Technology, Manufacturing Cells, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Intercellular Moves, Rerouting Jobs