This paper proposes a flow-network-oriented approach that hierarchically addresses the problem of cellular layout design. It consists of three major phases: (1) Utilize the K-Shortest Path method to rationalize the various flows of a system into a master flow network; (2) Based on this flow network, plan a flow pattern and designate the aisle structure for the system; (3) Locate and allocate cells around the flow pattern and the aisle structure within a restricted floor plan. These three phases compose an integrated interactive layout design process. The applicability of this approach as well as its effectiveness is illustrated by case studies.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering