Cell layout heuristic for a mass customization manufacturing environment

F. Fazleena Badurdeen, Dale T. Masel

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Mass customization is becoming increasingly important as a manufacturing strategy to meet the demand for individualized products that can be manufactured at a low cost and delivered quickly. Existing manufacturing systems, including cellular manufacturing, do not provide the flexibility required for such a strategy. Rather than traditional cells designed around a part family, 'mini-cells' - designed around a feature family can be used to increase flexibility in mass customization environments. Four heuristics for arranging mini-cells are described and tested to evaluate their effectiveness. Insights gained for future research in mini-cells are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2004
EventIIE Annual Conference and Exhibition 2004 - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: May 15 2004May 19 2004


ConferenceIIE Annual Conference and Exhibition 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHouston, TX


  • Cell layout
  • Mass customization
  • Mini-cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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