I am implementing a system in which we need to do multi-objective optimization for a client, as follows:
A manufacturing system has to produce N parts (of the same kind) by welding. For this, a certain material can be chosen, a welding method, and the number of welding points to use for building each part. The image in the next link shows the parameters of the problem and their interdependencies: problem parameters
I can play with values for
- welding method
- number of spot welding points
I need to find the combination of material, welding method and number of welding points/part that minimizes the cost and maximizes the stability.
I was thinking of using an evolutionary algorithm approach, but my background is not really in optimization -- is there a better alternative?