We present a genetic approach for finding efficient solutions to the problem of forming manufacturing cells for products having multiple routings. We consider the case where there are two criteria. The method that we propose seeks to generate the efficient set of solutions, that is the set of non-dominated solutions. The manager may then choose a solution knowing the consequences for each of the objectives. We address the computational difficulty of this problem and present a numerical example.

Cell-formation, Genetic algorithms, Manufacturing, Multi criteria analysis, Production
European Journal of Operational Research
Sprott School of Business

Gravel, M. (Marc), Nsakanda, A, & Price, W. (Wilson). (1998). Efficient solutions to the cell-formation problem with multiple routings via a double-loop genetic algorithm. European Journal of Operational Research, 109(2), 286–298. doi:10.1016/S0377-2217(98)00057-5