Multi-Product Batch Production on a Single Machine — A Problem Revisited
Multi-product batch production is very common in industry. It stems from the fact that when rate of production exceeds the rate of demand, production of a given product has to stop at some stage to allow its inventory to decline and the production facilities are then used to produce other products. When each product requires several operations on different machines, as is often the case in machine shops in the engineering and electronics industries, then the plan becomes a complex queueing system, in which scheduling needs to take account of availability of facilities, capacity constraints, work-in-progress inventories, as well as due dates to satisfy demand.
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