Planning complex engineer-to-order productsReport as inadecuate

Author: Christopher Earl, Dong Ping Song and Christian Hicks



The design and manufacture of complex Engineer-to-Order products is characterised by uncertain operation durations, finite capacity resources and multilevel product structures.
Two scheduling methods are presented to minimise expected costs for multiple products across multiple finite capacity resources.
The first sub-optimises the operations sequence, using mean operation durations, then refines the schedule by perturbation.
The second method generates a schedule of start times directly by random search with an embedded simulation of candidate schedules for evaluation.
The methods are compared for industrial examples ...

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