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Stochastic Automata Networks (SAN's) have recently received attention in the literature as an eecient means of modelling parallel systems such as communicating processes, concurrent processors, shared memory, etc. The advantage that the SAN approach has over generalized stochastic Petri nets, and indeed over any Markovian analysis that requires the(More)
This paper deals with the manufacturing cell formation (MCF) problem, which is based on group technology principles, using a graph partitioning formulation. An attempt has been made to take into account the natural constraints of real-life production systems, such as operation sequences, minimum and maximum numbers of cells, and maximum cell sizes.(More)
This paper deals with manufacturing cell formation considering the dynamic behavior of the production system. First, we discuss the importance of taking into account the dynamic aspect of the problem that has been poorly studied in the related literature. We argue that by considering a multi-periodic planning horizon, we can tackle the problem according to(More)
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