Novel approach to multi-channel manufacturing system design


ÖZÇELİK F. , Islier A.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH, vol.41, no.12, pp.2711-2726, 2003 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/0020754031000096649
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH
  • Page Numbers: pp.2711-2726

Abstract

Volatile market conditions have made classical production organizations obsolete in the 1990s. Therefore, new means such as holonic, fractal and multi-channel production systems are investigated to enhance manufacturers' dynamic response ability and competitiveness. Amongst these, newly suggested multi-channel manufacturing (MCM) systems compromise compatibility and specialization to produce a certain range of products. This study proposes a new approach based on genetic algorithms to devise such production channels. Feasible solutions corresponding to machine sequences for channels are coded as chromosome structures. Applying genetic operations to these chromosomes created improved arrangements regarding a problem given in the literature. Furthermore, an effective and realistic solution for a real life problem was found by making use of the multi-objective fitness function developed.