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A modified bat algorithm for production scheduling in the capital goods industry

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Pupong Pongcharoen, Professor Christian Hicks


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Scheduling is a core business process especially for companies in the capital goods industry that seek to reduce inventory by delivering products based on time whilst simultaneously achieving high resource utilisation. In the capital goods industry, products are highly customised and are usually manufactured in low volume on a make or engineer-to-order basis. Effective production scheduling must meet customer due dates and satisfy limited resource constraints. This paper presents a new Bat Algorithm (BA) based scheduling tool that finds the optimum schedule, which achieves the lowest combination of tardiness and holding costs. A case study is presented which tests the proposed technique using scheduling datasets from a capital goods company. The modified BA outperformed the conventional BA especially for large and extra-large size problems.

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Author(s): Chansombat S, Musikapun P, Pongcharoen P, Hicks C

Editor(s): Edson Pinheiro de Lima

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 22nd International Conference on Production Research

Year of Conference: 2013