A self-organizing neural network approach for the design of cellular manufacturing systems

Hong Chul Lee, César O. Malavé, Satheesh Ramachandran

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Abstract

The crux problem of group technology (GT) is the identification of part families requiring similar manufacturing processes and the rearrangement of machines to minimize the number of parts that visit more than one machine cell. This paper presents an improved method for part family formation, machine cell identification, bottleneck machine detection and the natural cluster generation using a self-organizing neural network. In addition, the generalization ability of the neural network makes it possible to assign the new parts to the existing machine cells without repeating the entire computational process. A computer program is developed to illustrate the effectiveness of this heuristic method by comparing it with the optimal technique for large-scale problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-332
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Intelligent Manufacturing
Volume3
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1992 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cellular manufacturing system
  • cluster analysis
  • generalization
  • Group technology
  • neural network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence

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