Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 53–65 | Cite as

Cell formation using multiple process plans

  • P. Bhide
  • A. Bhandwale
  • T. Kesavadas


Cell formation (CF) consists of identifying machine groups and part families. Many CF procedures use a part machine matrix as an input and attempt to obtain a block diagonal form. But perfect block diagonalization of parts and machines is not possible is many cases. In this paper we consider a generalized cellular manufacturing (CM) problem, in which each part can have alternate process plans and each operation can be performed on alternate machines. Under these conditions the CF problem of assigning parts and machines to each manufacturing cell can be considered as a two stage process. The first stage deals with the problem of determining a unique process plan for each part. The second stage determines the part families and machine cells. In this research a model for forming part families and machine cells is presented considering alternate process plans. The objective is to analyze how alternate process plans influence and enhance the CM process giving better flexibility to the designer while designing cells for CM.


Cellular manufacturing cell formation group technology alternative process plans 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Bhide
    • 1
  • A. Bhandwale
    • 1
  • T. Kesavadas
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringState University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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