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Fast local search for single row facility layout


  • Palubeckis, Gintaras


Given n facilities of prescribed lengths and a flow matrix, the single row facility layout problem (SRFLP) is to arrange the facilities along a straight line so as to minimize the total arrangement cost, which is the sum of the products of the flows and center-to-center distances between facilities. We propose interchange and insertion neighborhood exploration (NE) procedures with time complexity O(n2), which is an improvement over O(n3)-time NE procedures from the literature. Numerical results show that, for large SRFLP instances, our insertion-based local search (LS) algorithm is two orders of magnitude faster than the best existing LS techniques. As a case study, we embed this LS algorithm into the variable neighborhood search (VNS) framework. We report computational results for SRFLP instances of size up to 300 facilities. They indicate that our VNS implementation offers markedly better performance than the variant of VNS that uses a recently proposed O(n3)-time insertion-based NE procedure.

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  • Palubeckis, Gintaras, 2015. "Fast local search for single row facility layout," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 246(3), pages 800-814.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:246:y:2015:i:3:p:800-814
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2015.05.055

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    1. Parveen Sharma & Sandeep Singhal, 2016. "Design and evaluation of layout alternatives to enhance the performance of industry," OPSEARCH, Springer;Operational Research Society of India, vol. 53(4), pages 741-760, December.
    2. Ghosh, Diptesh, 2016. "Speeding up neighborhood search for the tool indexing problem," IIMA Working Papers WP2016-09-02, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Research and Publication Department.


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