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Design of a Cellular Manufacturing System for a Product Oriented Plant

By B. Mahadevan, S. Venkataramanaiah and Janat Shah


Traditional approach to gearing up a cellular manufacturing system (CMS) is to consider only two dimensions, viz, “machine – component”. However, when the problem is addressed in a context of “product – part – machine ” dimension, it provides a different perspective to the problem. The current study is an effort in this direction. A formulation of the CMS problem to a product oriented plant as well as a solution procedure has been proposed. A measure for product ownership has been proposed. Practitioners often face the difficult choice of what machines to dedicate to the cells and what to keep centralised. The study has provided a quantitative basis for resolving this conflict. The results show that while a high product ownership can guarantee a high component ownership, the reverse does not. The results underscore the need for including the “product” dimension to the CMS design problem

Year: 2011
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