Integrated design of workcells and unidirectional flowpath layout

Yoonho Seo, Dongmok Sheen, Chiung Moon, Taioun Kim

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In manufacturing cells layout design with a unidirectional flow system, the accurate distance between two workcells can be uncovered with both the determination of IO port locations after the layout design of the cell with its orientation and the unidirectional flowpath layout design. This paper presents the method to obtain a global solution for manufacturing workcells and unidirectional flowpath layout design (ICFLD) with consideration of IO ports of workcells. The flow distance between two workcells is calculated from output port of one workcell to input port of the other workcell through the unidirectional flowpath layout. A zero-one integer programming model is developed for the ICFLD problem. And a heuristic algorithm for the ICFLD problem is developed by decomposing the ICFLD problem into two subproblems and iteratively and alternately solving the decomposed subproblems. Computational experiments are performed and its results are analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-153
Number of pages12
JournalComputers and Industrial Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Sept

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is in parts supported by fund from the Basic Research Program (Grant No. R01-2002-000-00232-0) of the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation.


  • Global optimization
  • Tabu search
  • Unidirectional flowpath design
  • Workcells layout design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Engineering


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