A decision support tool to facilitate the design of cellular manufacturing layouts

V. Vitanov, B. Tjahjono, I. Marghalany

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This paper presents a decision support tool that can be used by practitioners and industrialists to solve practical cell formation problems. The tool is based on a cell formation algorithm that employs a set of heuristic rules to obtain a quasi-optimal solution from both component routing information and other significant production data. The algorithm has been tested on a number of data sets obtained from the literature. The test results have demonstrated that in many cases the algorithm has produced an exceptional performance in terms of the grouping efficiency, grouping efficacy and quality index measures. The algorithm, to an extent, overcomes common problems in existing cell formation methods such as in dealing with ill-structured matrices and achieving rational cell sizes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-403
Number of pages24
JournalComputers and Industrial Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Cell formation
  • Cellular manufacturing
  • Heuristics
  • Production flow analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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