Rahimikelarijani, B., Saidi-Mehrabad, M., Barzinpour, F. (2019). A Mathematical Model for Multiple-Load AGVs in Tandem Layout. Journal of Optimization in Industrial Engineering, (), -. doi: 10.22094/joie.2018.537.37

Behnam Rahimikelarijani; Mohammad Saidi-Mehrabad; Farnaz Barzinpour. "A Mathematical Model for Multiple-Load AGVs in Tandem Layout". Journal of Optimization in Industrial Engineering, , , 2019, -. doi: 10.22094/joie.2018.537.37

Rahimikelarijani, B., Saidi-Mehrabad, M., Barzinpour, F. (2019). 'A Mathematical Model for Multiple-Load AGVs in Tandem Layout', Journal of Optimization in Industrial Engineering, (), pp. -. doi: 10.22094/joie.2018.537.37

Rahimikelarijani, B., Saidi-Mehrabad, M., Barzinpour, F. A Mathematical Model for Multiple-Load AGVs in Tandem Layout. Journal of Optimization in Industrial Engineering, 2019; (): -. doi: 10.22094/joie.2018.537.37

A Mathematical Model for Multiple-Load AGVs in Tandem Layout

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript , Available Online from 01 March 2019

^{1}School of industrial engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran

^{2}Iran University of Science and Technology Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering Dept., Tehran, Iran.

Abstract

Reducing cost of material handling has been a big challenge for companies. Flexible manufacturing system employed automated guided vehicles (AGV) to maintain efficiency and flexibility of manufacturing system. This paper presents a new non-linear integer mathematical programming model to group n machines into N loops, to make an efficient configuration for AGV system in Tandem layout. The model minimize both inter-loop, intra-loop flow and use balanced-loops strategy to balance workload in system simultaneously. This paper significantly considers multiple-load AGVs, which has ability to reduce fleet size and waiting time of works. A modified variable neighborhood search method is applied for large size problems, which has good accuracy for small and medium size problems. The results indicate that using multiple load AGV instead of single load AGV will reduce system penalty cost up to 44%.

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Highlights

Multiple load AGV considered in Tandem layout design

a nonlinear binary mathematical programming model for multiple-load AGV system in tandem configuration proposed

Three goals were considered in modeling:

minimizing intra-loop transportation

minimizing inter-loops transportation

balancing work load between different loops and assigning AGV with appropriate load capacity

A modified Variable Neighborhood Search (VNS) algorithm proposed for large size problems, which has good performance for small and medium size problems

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