Robust Design of Dynamic Cell Formation Problem Considering the Workers Interest

Document Type: Original Article


Department of Industrial Engineering, Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Babol, Iran


To enhance agility and quick responding to customers' demand, manufacturing processes are rearrenged according to different systems. The efficient execution of a manufacturing system depends on various factors. Among them, cell design and human issue are the pivotal ones. The proposed model designs cellular manufacturing systems using three objective functions from three different perspectives, to reflect a more realistic picture of the cell formation problem. This paper presents a model with the goals of maximizing the total value of grouping efficacy and minimizing the total costs and total non-interest workers in cells in a dynamic environment for several consecutive periods.  The main idea of the proposed model is enhancing cell efficiency through an assigning the group of workers who have a mutual interest in working with each other. For solving the current model, the revised multi-choice goal programming method has been employed. Finally, computational results and sensitivity analysis are discussed.