Modeling Production Systems With Multi-Level Bills Of Materials
Scheduling problems are very common occurrences. They exist whenever there is a number of tasks which can be carried out in a variety of orders, the sequencing and timing of each order affecting system performance. A scheduling problem may involve: jobs in a manufacturing plant, programs to be run at a computing center, or aircraft waiting for landing clearances. Scheduling as a research area is motivated by questions that arise in production planning, in computer control, and generally in all situations in which scarce resources have to be allocated to activities over time. In Chapters 5–7 we study the area of machine scheduling problems which are typical in analyzing flexible manufacturing systems (FMS). The term flexible, traditionally concerned with machines or robots which make up modern manufacturing systems, means that each machine can be re-configured in order to produce different products over different intervals of time.
KeywordsSchedule Problem Manufacture System Setup Time Flexible Manufacturing System Production Schedule
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