A methodology to design virtual cellular manufacturing systems

Khilwani N., Ulutaş B., Islier A. A., Tiwari M. K.

JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT MANUFACTURING, vol.22, no.4, pp.533-544, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10845-009-0314-6
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.533-544
  • Keywords: Cell formation problem, Virtual cells, Similarity index, Quick response manufacturing, CELLS, PERFORMANCE, LAYOUTS, MODEL
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


Virtual Cellular Manufacturing System is a new type of cellular system that emerged as a promising alternative for designing cells in real time. The problem is complex and time consuming NP-hard problem in its nature. This study was conducted to design virtual cells that maximizes similarity index and minimizes lead time. A mathematical model and an effective solution procedure were proposed. Several randomly generated data sets were used along a case study to test the performance of the proposed approach. The effects of inherent parameters of virtual systems were investigated and compared by using particular performance measures.