Joint cell loading and scheduling approach to cellular manufacturing systems
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International Journal of Production Research
- Research Paper 
A hierarchical multi-objective heuristic algorithm and pricing mechanism are developed to first determine the cell loading decisions, and then lot sizes for each item and to obtain a sequence of items comprising the group technology families to be processed at each manufacturing cell that minimise the setup, inventory holding, overtime and tardiness costs simultaneously. The linkage between the different levels is achieved using the proposed pricing mechanism through a set of dual variables associated with the resource and inventory balance constraints, and the feasibility status feedback information is passed between the levels to ensure internally consistent decisions. The computational results indicate that the proposed algorithm is very efficient in finding a compromise solution for a set of randomly generated problems compared with a set of competing algorithms. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.