This paper considers solving the unequal area Dynamic Facility Layout Problem (DFLP) using a zone-based structure. Zone-based layouts have significant advantages, such as being easily transferable to a detailed layout with innately included possible aisle structures; therefore, they can be fitted to the unique needs of the layout designers. The unequal area DFLP is modeled and solved using a zone-based structure, which is referred to as ZDFLP, where the dimensions of the departments and material handling system input/output (I/O) points are decision variables. A two-phase matheuristic, which directly operates on Problem ZDFLP without requiring an encoding scheme of the problem, is proposed to solve the ZDFLP with promising results.
Progress in Material Handling Research
Kulturel-Konak, Sadan and Konak, Abdullah, "Designing Facilities to Improve Flexibility: Zone-based Dynamic Facility Layout" (2023). 16th Proceedings (Dresden, Germany- 2023). 24.