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Volume :21 Issue : 2 1995      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

An improved heuristic for a machine layout design problem

Auther : MERZA HASAN

ABSTRACT

The problem of the location of machines in a production plant is of practical importance in

modem manufacturing environments. A new procedure, referred to as edge-interchange, for

replacing edges of the maximal planar graph is presented. Cases of this operation are discussed.

This procedure is then used to develop a graph theoretic improvement process for solving a

machine layout problem. The method can be employed to improve solutions for an initial

maximal planar graph generated from construction heuristics. A computational experiment

is reported for benchmark test problems of different sizes and compared with the

existing heuristic. The proposed algorithm performs well in terms of solution quality and

computational time.

 

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