An approach to decomposition of manufacturing systems known as the group technology (GT) is surveyed. GT allows to cluster machines into machine cells and parts into part families. There are two basic methods used for solving the GT problem: classification and modeling. Two variations of the classification method, visual and coding, are briefly discussed. These formulations of the GT problem; namely, the matrix formulation, mathematicai programming formulation, and algorithms for solving them are presented. Use of expert systems in GT is suggested. All concepts presented are illustrated with numerical examples.
Scopus Subject Areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Computer Science Applications
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering