Algorithms for the Car Sequencing and the Level Scheduling Problem.
In: Journal of Scheduling, (2006) ; Nr. 9, S. 153 - 176
ISSN: 1099-1425, 1094-6136
Zeitschriftenaufsatz / Fach: Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Mercator School of Management - Fakultät für Betriebswirtschaftslehre
This paper deals with two most important problems arising in sequencing mixed-model assembly lines. One problem is to keep the line's workstations loads as constant as possible (the 'car sequencing problem') while the other is to keep the usage rate of all parts fed into the final assembly as constant as possible (the 'level scheduling problem'). The first problem is a difficult constraint-satisfaction problem while the second requires to optimize a nonlinear objective function. The contribution of this paper is twofold: First, we describe a branching scheme and bounding algorithms for the computation of feasible sequences for the car sequencing problem. Second, we present an algorithm which can optimize a level scheduling objective while taking care of the car sequencing constraints. Computational results are presented which show that feasible sequences can be obtained quickly for large problem instances.