COST-BASED HEURISTIC FOR GROUP TECHNOLOGY CONFIGURATION.

Ronald Askin, Subramanian P. Subramanian

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Abstract

This paper proposes a heuristic approach to the economic determination of machine groups and their corresponding component families for group technology. The procedure considers costs of work-in-process and cycle inventory, intra-group material handling, set-up, variable processing and fixed machine costs. The three stage procedure initially reorders part types based on routing similarity. An attempt is then made to combine adjacent part types to reduce machine requirements. Finally groups are combined where economic benefits of utilization offset those of set-up, work-in-process and material handling. Examples illustrating the procedure and potential savings are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-113
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Volume25
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1987

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Group technology
Materials handling
Economics
Costs
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Heuristics

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COST-BASED HEURISTIC FOR GROUP TECHNOLOGY CONFIGURATION. / Askin, Ronald; Subramanian, Subramanian P.

In: International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 25, No. 1, 01.1987, p. 101-113.

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