Operations Research Proceedings 2011 pp 389-394
Scheduling steel plates on a roller furnace
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We introduce a single machine scheduling problem arising in the heat treatment of steel plates. To the best of our knowledge, there is no study on this problem in the literature up to now. We refer to this problem as the Heat Treatment Furnace Scheduling Problem with Distance Constraints (HTFSPD) and propose a mixed integer linear program (MILP) formulation. Since the problem itself is NPhard and computational times for real world instances are too high, a genetic algorithm is developed in order to provide heuristic solutions. Computational results for some real data sets1 demonstrate the performance of the algorithm compared to the current solution method used in practice.
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