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Scheduling Jobs in Flowshops with the Introduction of Additional Machines in the Future

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dc.creator Lu, Dongchen
dc.creator Logendran, Rasaratnam
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-19T23:46:49Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-19T23:46:49Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-15
dc.identifier.citation Lu, D., & Logendran, R. (2012). Scheduling jobs in flowshops with the introduction of additional machines in the future. EXPERT SYSTEMS WITH APPLICATIONS, 39(12), 11219-11227. doi: 10.1016/j.eswa.2012.03.051 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/34547
dc.description This is the author's peer-reviewed final manuscript, as accepted by the publisher. The published article is copyrighted by Elsevier and can be found at: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/expert-systems-with-applications/. en_US
dc.description.abstract The problem of scheduling jobs to minimize total weighted tardiness in flowshops, with the possibility of evolving into hybrid flowshops in the future, is investigated in this paper. As this research is guided by a real problem in industry, the flowshop considered has considerable flexibility, which stimulated the development of an innovative methodology for this research. Each stage of the flowshop currently has one or several identical machines. However, the manufacturing company is planning to introduce additional machines with different capabilities in different stages in the near future. Thus, the algorithm proposed and developed for the problem is not only capable of solving the current flow line configuration but also the potential new configurations that may result in the future. A meta-heuristic search algorithm based on Tabu search is developed to solve this NP-hard, industry-guided problem. Six different initial solution finding mechanisms are proposed. A carefully planned nested split-plot design is performed to test the significance of different factors and their impact on the performance of the different algorithms. To the best of our knowledge, this research is the first of its kind that attempts to solve an industry-guided problem with the concern for future developments. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Expert Systems with Applications en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Vol. 39 no. 12 en_US
dc.subject total weighted tardiness en_US
dc.subject tabu search en_US
dc.subject nested split-plot design en_US
dc.subject additional machines en_US
dc.title Scheduling Jobs in Flowshops with the Introduction of Additional Machines in the Future en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.peerreview yes en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.eswa.2012.03.051


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