An innovative model for resource scheduling in VCIM systems

Original Paper


Virtual computer-integrated manufacturing (VCIM) is a promising manufacturing strategy in today’s global market because it is capable of exploiting distributed resources effectively, both locally as well as globally. Resource scheduling is critical to the operation of VCIM systems. In this article, a novel model for resource scheduling in VCIM systems is developed. By integrating collaborative transportation scheduling into manufacturing resource scheduling, the proposed model can provide a better solution because of reduction in the fixed transportation cost. Performance of the developed model is verified by computer simulation for a case study producing computer hard disks. The proposed model serves as a fundamental step towards global optimisation of VCIM systems.


Virtual computer-integrated manufacturing Manufacturing resource scheduling Collaborative transportation scheduling Scheduling model 



The first author is grateful to Australian Government for sponsoring his PhD study at University of South Australia, Australia in form of Endeavour Award.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EngineeringUniversity of South AustraliaMawson LakesAustralia

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