An empirical evaluation of holonic and fractal layouts

Ronald Askin, F. W. Ciarallo, N. H. Lundgren

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Abstract

Agile manufacturing requires facilities that can produce a variety of customized products with minimal reconfiguration and setup. Holonic and fractal approaches are investigated to locate machines in such an environment. Heuristic procedures for assigning machines to locations are proposed for holonic systems. Methods for routing jobs in holonic systems and assigning jobs in fractal systems are also proposed. A simulation study compares these approaches to process layouts on the basis of cycle time, material handling requirements, and uniformity of workload across machines. The holonic and fractal approaches are found to be potentially useful alternative layout concepts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)961-978
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Volume37
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1999

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Fractals
Materials handling
Empirical evaluation
Layout
Fractal
Uniformity
Simulation study
Agile manufacturing
Cycle time
Workload
Reconfiguration
Heuristics
Routing

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  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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An empirical evaluation of holonic and fractal layouts. / Askin, Ronald; Ciarallo, F. W.; Lundgren, N. H.

In: International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 37, No. 5, 1999, p. 961-978.

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Askin, Ronald ; Ciarallo, F. W. ; Lundgren, N. H. / An empirical evaluation of holonic and fractal layouts. In: International Journal of Production Research. 1999 ; Vol. 37, No. 5. pp. 961-978.
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