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Simulation-based NSGA-II approach for multi-unit process plans generation in reconfigurable manufacturing system

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3 Author(s)
Bensmaine, A. ; ISGMP, INRIA Nancy Grand-Est, Metz, France ; Dahane, M. ; Benyoucef, L.

In response to the limitations of existing manufacturing systems and the fast changing environments, reconfigurable manufacturing systems (RMSs) have been proposed as a promising means for companies to manufacture products while meeting individualized customer requirements. In this paper, a simulation based Non dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm (NSGA-II) approach is proposed to solve the problem of process plans generation for multi-unit single-product type observed in RMS. More specifically, multi-unit macro-level process plans are established in order to schedule different parts/operations on several machines, and where a process plan is associated to each unit in a reconfigurable environment. To demonstrate the applicability of the proposed approach, an illustrative example is presented and the numerical results discussed.

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Emerging Technologies & Factory Automation (ETFA), 2011 IEEE 16th Conference on

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5-9 Sept. 2011