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Design and optimisation for fixed area cellular layout problems using GA and SAA

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This paper compares two familiar optimisation algorithms named Genetic Algorithm (GA) and Simulated Annealing Algorithm (SAA) to find out the best algorithm which is suitable for solving the cellular layout design problems. The objective is to minimise the movement of parts within the cell by appropriate placement of machines. In determining the physical location of work centres, some relative importance factors are considered. The priorities are given for the product, which has more volume and hazardous move and also to minimise back tracking move.

Keywords: cellular layout, innovative design, genetic algorithms, simulated annealing, layout design, cellular manufacturing, manufacturing cells

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