An Implementation of a System Using Heuristics to Support Decisions about Shop Floor Setup Changes
Shop floor scheduling remains as one of the hardest and most researched problems in management science. Heuristic approaches to solving such problems are widely acknowledged as a feasible way to proceed. This paper describes a shop floor problem at a real manufacturing facility, where a knowledge-based system was installed and used for supporting decisions related to scheduling. The specific problem dealt with scheduling the setup changes on machines that are at the final stage of a multi-stage processing sequence.
KeywordsProduct Line Schedule Problem Shop Floor Queue Size Demand Forecast
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