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Interference aware scheduling of triple-crossover-cranes

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In order to increase the productivity of sea port container storage yards, a triple-crossover-stacking-crane setting can be deployed. Although this setting yields promising results, there is increasing risk of cranes interfering. Coping with interference is a key factor for exploiting the potential of triple-crossover-stacking-cranes to increase overall productivity. In this paper, we tackle the problem of finding an assignment of transport jobs to cranes, a processing sequence for each crane as well as a conflict-free routing under the objective of minimizing the makespan. We develop several variants of branch-and-bound algorithms differing in the order of assignment and sequencing decisions and in the techniques applied for routing decisions. We compare the performance of our algorithms with regard to solution quality and run times and use standard solver CPLEX as benchmark.

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The authors have been supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) through the Grant “Scheduling mechanisms for rail mounted gantries with respect to crane interdependencies” (BR 3873/7-1).

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Briskorn, D., Zey, L. Interference aware scheduling of triple-crossover-cranes. J Sched 23, 465–485 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10951-019-00634-6

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