A Mathematical Model and a Matheuristic for In-Plant Milk-Run Systems Design and Application in White Goods Industry
Effective material distribution is a vital issue to maintain the assembly lines’ operations. So, coordination of the material supply to the assembly lines requires a system design that minimizes total material handling, inventory holding costs and prevents parts shortage. This is called the multi-commodity multi-vehicle material supply system design problem. To solve this, first, a Single-Vehicle Milk-run Mathematical Model is proposed. Then, a Matheuristic that iteratively employs the proposed model is developed to design a multi-vehicle in-plant milk-run system. The proposed methodology is validated by designing the milk-run system of a real washing machine assembly plant.
KeywordsMilk-run Part feeding Assembly lines Mathematical model Matheuristic
This study has been financially supported by the Turkish National Science Foundation (TUBITAK), through the 215M143 research project.
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