Design of Row-based Machine Layout—A Case Study
The layout problem of machines is the determination of the relative location of machines in the available space to minimize the total material handling cost. Machine layout problems are cumbersome and are non-polynomial in nature. Generally, metaheuristics give closer to optimal solution but not precise solution. Since machine layout problems are complex it is, therefore, necessary to obtain the solution by more than one technique like genetic algorithm and ant colony algorithms. The objective of the present study is a case study of Lakshmi Engineering Workshop is taken and optimum arrangement of machines which yield minimum total transportation cost is found out by applying genetic algorithm and ant colony algorithm techniques in a multi-row machine layout. By adopting present method, the cost for the optimum layout decreased by 38% when compared with the existing layout cost.
KeywordsMachine layout Genetic algorithm Ant colony algorithm
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