Applying an Imperialist competitive algorithm for scheduling parts in a green cellular manufacturing system with consideration of production planning

Document Type : Research Paper


1 School of Industrial Engineering, South Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

2 School of Industrial Engineering College of Engineering, University of Tehran P.O. Box: 11155/4563, Tehran, IRAN


A Cellular Manufacturing System (CMS) is the practical use of Group Technology (GP) in a production environment, which has received attention from researchers in recent years. In this paper, a mathematical model for the design of a cell production system is presented with consideration of Production Planning (PP). Consideration of environmental factors such as energy consumption and waste generated by machines in the proposed model is considered. Also, the problem of scheduling component processing in the presented model has been considered. Due to the complexity of the model presented in this paper, a hierarchical approach is proposed for solving the model. At first, the proposed model is analyzed without considering the scheduling topic using the GAMS software and the results are analyzed. Then an Imperialist Competitive Algorithm (ICA) was used to solve the scheduling problem. To evaluate the performance of the proposed model, numerical examples are used in small, medium, and large dimensions. In addition, the ICA presented in this paper is compared with the methods available in the literature as well as the genetic algorithm and its quality is confirmed.


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  • Receive Date: 27 July 2019
  • Revise Date: 13 August 2019
  • Accept Date: 24 August 2019
  • First Publish Date: 30 November 2019