In this paper, we consider the problem of the optimal flow control for a production system with one machine which is subject to failures and produces one part type. In most previous work, it has been assumed that the machine has exponential up and down times, i.e., its state process is a Markov process. The system considered in our study has general machine up and down times. Our main result is establishing monotone properties for the optimal control policy.
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This work was partially supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants DDM-9215368 and EDI-9212122. The authors thank two anonymous reviewers for helpful comments and suggestions.
Communicated by W. B. Gong
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Hu, J.Q., Xiang, D. Monotonicity of optimal flow control for failure-prone production systems. J Optim Theory Appl 86, 57–71 (1995). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02193461
- Failure-prone production systems
- optimal flow control
- hazard rate function