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Multi-plant cellular manufacturing design within a supply chain


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Benhalla, Samia, Gharbi, Ali and Olivier, Claude. 2011. « Multi-plant cellular manufacturing design within a supply chain ». Journal of Operations and Logistics, vol. 4, nº 1. II.1-II.17.

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In this paper, we consider the problem of integrating multi plant cellular manufacturing design simultaneously with supply chain design. The supply chain consists of a number of plant facilities to manufacture a variety of parts with deterministic demands. Raw material can be procured from alternative suppliers. Traditionally, cellular manufacturing systems are designed on a single manufacturing facility. Also, design of supply chains are analysed without considering the suitable manufacturing plant design. A one period non linear model is proposed to design a supply chain where the multi plant manufacturing system is configured as a cellular manufacturing system subject to supplying process selection. Aiming to demonstrate the potential benefits of such design, illustrative examples are shown using a proposed linearized form of the problem. Cplex software is thus used to solve three sets of small sized problems demonstrating the potential benefits gained through increasing routing flexibility over plants on investment costs and the effect of integrating supply process in a multi plant cellular manufacturing configuration.

Item Type: Peer reviewed article published in a journal
Gharbi, Ali
Affiliation: Génie de la production automatisée
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2013 16:27
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2016 19:00

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