Viewing a Plant Layout Problem as a Multiobjective Case to Enhance Manufacturing Flexibility

  • H. T. Phong
  • M. T. Tabucanon
Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 465)


Traditionally, plant layout is viewed as a single-objective optimization problem, oftentimes minimizing total transport distance of in-process materials. This is no longer valid if we were to remain efficient in the contemporary competitive environment. Three objectives which are important in setting up the layout of a plant are material handling cost, physical closeness of machines and other facilities, and production routing flexibility especially in a Flexible Manufacturing Systems Environment. The three-objective nonlinear programming model is solved using Genetic Algorithms.


Multiobjective Nonlinear Programming Genetic Algorithms Plant Layout 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. T. Phong
    • 1
  • M. T. Tabucanon
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Industrial ManagementHoChiMinh City University of Technology (HUT)HoChiMinh CityVietnam
  2. 2.Industrial Systems Engineering Program, School of Advanced TechnologiesAsian Institute of TechnologyKlong Luang, PathumthaniThailand

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