Lot streaming in a two-machine mixed shop
Source: The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Volume 49, Numbers 9-12, August 2010 , pp. 1161-1173(13)
Abstract:Most classical scheduling models overlook the fact that products are often produced in job lots and assume that job lots are indivisible single entities, although an entire job lot consists of many identical items. However, splitting an entire lot (process batch) into sublots (transfer batches) to be moved to downstream machines allows the overlapping of different operations on the same product while work needs to be completed on the upstream machine. This approach is known as lot streaming in scheduling theory. In this study, the lot streaming problem of multiple jobs in a two-machine mixed shop where there are two different job types as flow shop and open shop is addressed so as to minimize the makespan. The optimal solution method is developed for the mixed shop scheduling problem in which lot streaming can improve the makespan.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: August 1, 2010