We develop a Lagrangean relaxation-based heuristic procedure to generate a near-optimal solution to large-scale capacitated part-routing problems through a cellular manufacturing system with both routing flexibilities and setup times. Several alternate process plans exist for each product. Any given operation can be performed on alternate machines at different costs. The part demands can be satisfied from internal production or through outsourcing. The objective is to minimize the total material handling, production, outsourcing, and setup costs, subject to satisfying all the part demands and not exceeding any of the machine capacity limits. Our computational experiments show that large problems involving several thousand products and decision variables can be solved in a reasonable amount of computer time to within 1% of their optimal solutions. The proposed procedure is general enough to be applied directly or with slight modifications to real-life, industrial-sized problems.

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Keywords Cellular manufacturing systems, Dynamic programming, Lagrangean Relaxation, Large-scale optimization
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602072
Journal Journal of the Operational Research Society
Diaby, M., & Nsakanda, A. (2006). Large-scale capacitated part-routing in the presence of process and routing flexibilities and setup costs. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 57(9), 1100–1112. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602072