Parallel machine scheduling subject to machine availability constraints
Taner, Mehmet Rüştü
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Within a planning horizon, machines may become unavailable due to unexpected breakdowns or pre-scheduled activities. A realistic approach in constructing the production schedule should explicitly take into account such periods of unavailability. This study addresses the parallel machine-scheduling problem subject to availability constraints on each machine. The objectives of minimizing the total completion time and minimizing the maximum completion time are studied. The problems with both objectives are known to be NP-hard. We develop an exact branch-and-bound procedure and propose three heuristic algorithms for the total completion time problem. Similarly, we propose exact and approximation algorithms also for the maximum completion time problem. All proposed algorithms are tested through extensive computational experimentation, and several insights are provided based on computational results.
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