Human-Part-Machine Cell Formation: Considering Human Issues in Cellular Manufacturing

Kilic Oger G., Arıkan F.

in: Cellular Manufacturing Systems: Recent Developments, Analysis and Case Studies, Gürsel A. Süer,Mitsuo Gen, Editor, NOVA Science Publishers Inc. , Ohio, pp.267-301, 2017

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Vocational Book
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Publisher: NOVA Science Publishers Inc.
  • City: Ohio
  • Page Numbers: pp.267-301
  • Editors: Gürsel A. Süer,Mitsuo Gen, Editor
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


The efficient design and successful implementation of cellular manufacturing

systems necessitate the consideration of four basic system components which are human,

material, equipment and operating rules. In this chapter by taking these significant

components into account, a comprehensive mathematical model is proposed to form

human-part-machine manufacturing cells simultaneously. The model considers both

technical issues as alternative process routing, subcontracting, lot splitting, machine

seperation and co-location, machine capacity and part demand, and human issues as skill

requirements to assign operators to machines. The objective function of the model aims

to minimize the operation time, machine dublication, set up times, part subcontracting,

intercellular part movements and the number of operators concurrently. An illustrative

numerical example of which data set adapted from the literature is presented to

demonstrate the model. The model performance on different sized problems is

investigated based on the running time, the number of nodes and the number of iterations.

The contribution of the study is revealed with a comprehensive literature review based on

the studies considered human issues in cellular manufacturing.