Dynamic lot sizing and tool management in automated manufacturing systems
Akturk, M.Selim, Onen, S.
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Computers and Operations Research
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The overall aim of this study is to show that there is a critical interface between the lot sizing and tool management decisions, and these two problems cannot be viewed in isolation. We propose five alternative algorithms to solve lot sizing, tool allocation and machining conditions optimization problems simultaneously. The first algorithm is an exact algorithm which finds the global optimum solution, and the others are heuristics equipped with a look-ahead mechanism to guarantee at least local optimality. The computational results indicate that the amount of improvement is statistically significant for a set of randomly generated problems. The magnitude of cost savings is dependent on the system parameters. In most of the studies on tool management, lot sizes are taken as a predetermined input while deciding on tool allocations and machining parameters. This might create empty feasible solution spaces and otherwise unnecessarily limit the number of alternatives possible for the tool management problem. In this study, we consider the integration of lot sizing and tool management problems ot minimize total production cost for multiple periods under dynamic demand. By integrating these decisions we not only improve the overall solution, but also prevent any infeasibility that might occur for the tool management problem due to decisions made at the lot sizing level. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.