Flexible and Reconfigurable Layouts in Complex Manufacturing Systems

Abstract : This paper studies the Facility Layout Problem (FLP) of a first tier supplier in the automotive industry. This complex manufacturing system involves multiple facilities, complex products, and layout reconfiguration constraints. One of the key requirements of this particular system is the need for high levels of flexibility in the reconfiguration of the layouts. This problem is formulated as a mixed-integer programming (MIP), based on a FLP model with multiple objectives and unequal areas. The model allows for two re-configuration types: small and large changes. We explore the application of optimization methodologies to produce efficient and flexible layouts.
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Maria Azevedo, José Crispim, Jorge Sousa. Flexible and Reconfigurable Layouts in Complex Manufacturing Systems. 19th Advances in Production Management Systems (APMS), Sep 2012, Rhodes, Greece. pp.484-493, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-40352-1_61⟩. ⟨hal-01472281⟩

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