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Computer-Aided Manufacturing Layout Design

Objective

The objective of this project is to solve the layout design problem of a manufacturing shop-floor, developing the most appropriate mathematical approaches and algorithms, and, when applicable, an expert system approach. These elements will be integrated in one software prototype which will provide the facility to evaluate a number of alternative designs in a user-friendly, interactive way.

The project will develop a software package made up of:

- a pre-processing module taking into account strategic decisions and manufacturing processes
- a manufacturing cell design module for grouping physical facilities into cells
- an intra-cell location module to arrange the physical facilities within cells according to manufacturing constraints
- a cell location module to assist placing the cells on the shop-floor, taking physical constraints into account.

The work will take account of the most current data formats in use for the specification of production systems, and the tools used for logistics, maintenance, production planning and physical design.

The project approach will be based on:

- identifying relevant sets of manufacturing criteria and constraints
- using and extending state-of-the-art mathematical algorithms
- enriching these algorithms with knowledge-based techniques, interactive graphical support and centralised information bases
- integrating the plant layout activity into the full process of production system design.

Coordinator

CAP GEMINI SESA BELGIUM
Address
Bessenveldstraat, 19
1831 Diegem
Belgium

Participants (6)

Institut National de Recherches en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA)
France
Address
239 Boulevard Des Aiguillettes
54506 Vandoeuvre-les-nancy
Intelligence Logicielle SA
France
Address
2 Avenue Gallieni
94253 Gentilly
ORBIS
Germany
Address
Altenkesselerstraße 17
66115 Saarbrücken
PRODUCTIVE EDGE ASSOCIATES
France
Address
35 Rue Des Chantiers
78000 Versailles
SERETE PRODUCTIQUE
France
Address
86 Rue Regnault
75013 Paris
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
Address
Avenue F.d. Roosevelt, 50, 122
1050 Bruxelles