Fuzzy goal-programming model with an artificial immune system (AIS) approach for a machine tool selection and operation allocation problem in a flexible manufacturing system

Tung Sun Chan, R. Swarnkar, M. K. Tiwari

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Some of the important planning problems that need realistic modelling and a quicker solution, especially in automated manufacturing systems, have recently assumed greater significance. In real-life industrial applications, the existing models considering deterministic situations fail as the true language adopted by foremen and technicians are fuzzy in nature. Thus, to map the situation on the shop floor to arrive at a real-time solution of this kind of tactical planning problem, it is essential to adopt fuzzy-based multi-objective goals so as to express the target desired by the management of business enterprises. This paper presents a fuzzy goal-programming approach to model the machine tool selection and operation allocation problem of flexible manufacturing systems. The model is optimized using an approach based on artificial immune systems and the results of the computational experiments are reported.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4147-4163
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Artificial immune system
  • Flexible manufacturing system
  • Fuzzy goal-programming
  • Machine tool selection
  • Operation allocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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