Optimization in Manufacturing
Optimization in manufacturing is the discipline of finding the best alternative among a set, under a specific criterion in the manufacturing environment.
Theory and Application
Optimization can be thought as a part of the operations research discipline. Operations research translates a real decisional problem in a quantitative one, finds the solution from the model, and validates it in a real context. Under this view, optimization covers the phase of finding a solution from a model of the reality (Serafini 2000; Hillier and Lieberman 2009). Operations research and management science are strict related terms. In management science optimization is strictly related to mathematical programming (especially linear programming) as one of the best developed and most used branches of management science. Mathematical programming concerns the optimum allocation of limited resources...
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