Cutting-Pattern Enumeration on a Microcomputer: A Case Study

  • C. Jones
  • F. Wharton


By purchasing material in a limited number of standard sizes, manufacturing companies can reduce the cost of material acquisition and stocking significantly. Reducing standard sizes to smaller widths or lengths gives rise to a class of scheduling problems in which a few cutting patterns must be selected from a large number of possible patterns so that the cost of the reduction process and material wastage is minimized. We describe how a microcomputer-based scheduling system was developed and implemented for a company manufacturing building materials but which could be adapted easily to a wide range of similar problems.


Schedule Problem Customer Order Linear Programming Approach Cutting Pattern Pattern Enumeration 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Jones
    • 1
  • F. Wharton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Management Systems and SciencesUniversity of HullHullUK

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