A simple heuristic for linear sequencing of machines in layout design
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This is an Author's version of an article published as: Kumar, M. Siva and Islam, M.N. and Lenin, N. and Kumar, D. Vignesh and Ravingran, D. 2011. A simple heuristic for linear sequencing of machines in layout design. International Journal of Production Research. 49 (22): pp. 6749-6768 [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: www.tandfonline.com
This paper presents a simple heuristic to determine a common linear machine sequence for multiple products with different operation sequences and a limited number of duplicate machine types available for the job. The heuristic is based on minimisation of the total flow distance travelled by a product on the linear machine sequence. It is assumed that the flows of products are allowed only in the forward direction, either in-sequence or by-pass. It is also assumed that backtrack movements are not allowed. The effectiveness of the proposed heuristic is demonstrated through the solutions of two typical layout design problems taken from the literature. Subsequently, a number of additional problems are solved and their results are compared with the results applying existing methods. The results indicate that the proposed method can be an effective tool in solving layout design problems.
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