Manufacturing Layout

Dr Christian Hicks, Department of MMM Engineering,
Stephenson Building, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle NE1 7RU.

Research in manufacturing layout has focused on the development of improved layouts, particularly for make to order and engineer to order companies. A number of methods of analysing layouts have been developed.

Layout generation methods using simulated annealing have also been developed which have been found to generate "good" solutions. It is hoped that other optimisation such as Genetic Algorithms or Taboo search will be applied in the future.

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