Sequencing and scheduling in flowshops with task redistribution

Burdett, Robert L. & Kozan, Erhan (2001) Sequencing and scheduling in flowshops with task redistribution. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 52, pp. 1379-1389.


In some manufacturing situations, station tasks or operations can be shifted or redistributed to adjacent stations when adjacent stations have the appropriate equipment and the workers on that station can perform the shifted work to a reasonable level of competency. This paper addresses such an environment and provides a general framework for applying the shifting or re-distribution of tasks methodology to the intermediate storage, no-intermediate storage and no-wait flowshop problems. The outcome of this research is a way in which to utilise more efficiently the general-purpose facilities of this type of production environment and includes mathematical models, recurrence equations and solution techniques for sequencing and scheduling. From an extensive numerical investigation, the benefits achieved by the application of this methodology are detailed.

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ID Code: 10668
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: sequencing, scheduling, flowshop, mixed model assembly, heuristics
ISSN: 1476-9360
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > APPLIED MATHEMATICS (010200) > Operations Research (010206)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Palgrave Macmillan
Deposited On: 12 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 07:53

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