Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering   »   2011 Vol.7, No.3



Title: An advanced load adjustment approach without task interruption for flow-shops


Author: Zied Bahroun


Address: LIP2: Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Dép. des Sciences de l’Informatique, Campus Universitaire, Tunis 1060, Tunisia


Abstract: This paper presents a new load adjustment approach by overlapping, for flow-shop organised firms, guaranteeing the existence of a limited capacity schedule without scheduling (with no task interruption). Firstly, we present a literature review concerning finite capacity planning approaches. Secondly, we introduce the overlapping load adjustment approach. Thirdly, we propose a solution for the problem of task interruption. Subsequently, we present an original heuristic when using this approach in the case of flow-shop organised firms. This approach is based on a judicious distribution of the manufacturing order's margins between tasks in a just-in-time context. Then, we expound the results of the experiments. Finally, we discuss a more general use of this approach.


Keywords: finite capacity planning; load adjustment; order margins; scheduling; flow-shops; flowshops; task interruption; overlapping; heuristics; manufacturing orders; just-in-time; JIT manufacturing; industrial engineering; systems engineering.


DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2011.038985


Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2011 Vol.7, No.3, pp.381 - 413


Available online: 10 Mar 2011



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