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International Journal of Planning and Scheduling


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International Journal of Planning and Scheduling (2 papers in press)


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  • Simultaneous Scheduling and Lot-Sizing with Earliness/Tardiness Penalties   Order a copy of this article
    by Parinaz Vaez, Mehdi Bijari, Ghasem Moslehi 
    Abstract: The problem investigated in this paper is one of the simultaneous lot-sizing and scheduling problem with earliness/tardiness penalties along with the sequence-dependent setup time and cost. Minimizing earliness and tardiness is of interest both in just-in-time production systems and in make-to-order ones. A mathematical model is presented similar to the travelling salesman problem. The problem objective is to determine the production lot-size and their schedules. In spite of its wide applications, this problem has not yet been reported in the literature. To solve the problem, two meta-heuristic algorithms: Tabu Search and Ant Colony System are presented. The efficiencies of the algorithms are investigated for different sets of problems. The results show that each of the Ant Colony System and the Tabu Search obtained optimal solutions for 196 and 203 problems, respectively, out of among the 333 problem instances. Despite the differences between these two methods, neither can be statistically preferred.
    Keywords: Scheduling; Lot-sizing; Earliness/Tardiness; Tabu Search; Ant Colony System.

  • Analyses of the phase I postanesthesia care unit baseline capacity and effect of disruptions to its beds or nurse availability on operating room workflow.   Order a copy of this article
    by Franklin Dexter, Danial Khorasanian, Ghasem Moslehi 
    Abstract: When there is not a free bed or nurse in the phase I postanaesthesia care unit (PACU), the patient recovers in the operating room, preventing the start of subsequent case(s), until capacity is available in the PACU. We report some real examples of situations in which the capacity of the PACU decreases unexpectedly, and analyse their implications on the operating room workflow. For this purpose, first, different surgical suite sizes are simulated, considering the important factors observed in real time. The baseline capacities of PACU beds and nurses are determined. Then, the characteristics of some situations with less capacity than the baseline are investigated, caused by disruptions of either decreasing the number of beds or nursing hours in the PACU. For example, when the number of PACU beds in 8-OR surgical suites decreases to half of the baseline, the percentage of days with delay increases from 0.22% to 86.79%.
    Keywords: Operating room workflow; PACU beds and nurses; Capacity; Disruption; Analytics.