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The Cell Formation Problem has been studied as an optimization problem in manufacturing for more than 90 years. It consists of grouping machines and parts into manufacturing cells in order to maximize loading of cells and minimize movement of parts from one cell to another. Many heuristic algorithms have been proposed which are doing well even for large-sized instances. However, only a few authors have aimed to develop exact methods and most of these methods have some major restrictions such asarXiv:1701.02472v2 fatcat:2ky25m2dhfcbznhd3zbm6ua224