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What is Productive Ants

Handbook of Research on Nature-Inspired Computing for Economics and Management
Agents with the aim to optimize the match between cell capacity and the load generated by the associated product families.
Published in Chapter:
A New Way to Reorganize a Productive Department in Cells
A. Brun (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-984-7.ch034
The authors propose an algorithm for the reorganization of a production department in cells, starting from a situation of job shop, chasing the main goal of group technology (GT)—that is, to gather pieces with similar technological cycles and to associate every group of items (family) to a group of machines (cell) able to realize all the necessary activities. To get this result, a behavioral pattern has been developed, having its origin in the ants’ way of sorting food, larva, and pupa in an anthill. As first results have shown, such an approach turns out to be interesting, provided that the algorithm parameters are adequately set.
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