A linear programming embedded probabilistic tabu search for the unequal-area facility layout problem with flexible bays

@article{KulturelKonak2012ALP,
  title={A linear programming embedded probabilistic tabu search for the unequal-area facility layout problem with flexible bays},
  author={Sadan Kulturel-Konak},
  journal={European Journal of Operational Research},
  year={2012},
  volume={223},
  pages={614-625}
}
In this paper, a probabilistic tabu search (PTS) approach is proposed to solve the facility layout problem (FLP) with unequal area departments. For the representation, the flexible bay structure (FBS), which is a very common layout in many manufacturing and retail facilities, is used. In this paper, the FBS is relaxed by allowing empty spaces within bays, which results in more flexibility in assigning departments into bays. In addition, departments are allowed to be located more freely within… CONTINUE READING
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