The layout of a manufacturing process plays a significant role to maintain a profitable production and make competitive a company. Product-oriented layouts aim to minimize the distance travelled by the manufactured units; the process-oriented approach attempts to maximize the saturation of the facilities. However, in many cases a hybrid approach may be necessary to achieve a compromise between the two objectives. This paper aims to present a mathematical model capable to define a hybrid product-process layout by autonomously: (i) defining the process cells and, for each of them, evaluating the number of machines necessary for stability; (ii) identifying the position of the machines within each cell; (iii) determining the best position for the cells in a given shop-floor area; (iv) evaluating a set of KPIs for the obtained layout proposal. The numerical implementation of the model led to obtain a layout proposal within 10 seconds for a process made of 30 distinct operations. The approach is validated through case-studies taken from the automotive industry; the obtained results show that the model is an effective tool to support the activities of designers of manufacturing processes.
|Titolo:||An integrated mathematical model for the optimization of hybrid product-process layouts|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.jmsy.2017.12.003|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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