IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

A survey of layout issues in flexible manufacturing systems


  • Kouvelis, P
  • Chiang, W-C
  • Kiran, AS


In this paper we survey layout issues in the flexible manufacturing system (FMS) environment. The FMS layout problem deals with the allocation of M stations to M (or more) candidate locations in order to satisfy the throughput requirements of the system. The relevance of quadratic assignment problem (QAP) formulations for the problem is examined. Results from the recent research literature are reported, and many different approaches to the problem are discussed. Emphasis is given on graph theoretic modelling techniques, heuristic approaches for special FMS layout types, and the queueing and dynamic aspects of the layout decisions. Operational and other design issues interacting with layout decisions are also surveyed, and relevant research literature is reported. Promising research directions and interesting open problems for FMS layout researchers are clearly described.

Suggested Citation

  • Kouvelis, P & Chiang, W-C & Kiran, AS, 1992. "A survey of layout issues in flexible manufacturing systems," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 20(3), pages 375-390, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:20:y:1992:i:3:p:375-390

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. ├ľncan, Temel & AltInel, I. Kuban, 2008. "Exact solution procedures for the balanced unidirectional cyclic layout problem," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 189(3), pages 609-623, September.
    2. Keller, Birgit & Buscher, Udo, 2015. "Single row layout models," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 245(3), pages 629-644.
    3. Hassan, Mohsen M. D., 2000. "Toward re-engineering models and algorithms of facility layout," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 28(6), pages 711-723, December.
    4. Balakrishnan, Jaydeep & Hung Cheng, Chun, 2009. "The dynamic plant layout problem: Incorporating rolling horizons and forecast uncertainty," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 37(1), pages 165-177, February.
    5. Hassan, Mohsen M. D., 1995. "Layout design in group technology manufacturing," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 38(2-3), pages 173-188, March.


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:20:y:1992:i:3:p:375-390. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Dana Niculescu). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.