Title: Multi-objective invasive weeds optimisation algorithm for solving simultaneous scheduling of machines and multi-mode automated guided vehicles

Authors: Hojat Nabovati; Hassan Haleh; Behnam Vahdani

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Qazvin Branch, Islamic Azad University, Qazvin, Iran ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Golpayegan University of Technology, Golpayegan, Iran ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Qazvin Branch, Islamic Azad University, Qazvin, Iran

Abstract: In this paper, a novel model is presented for machines and automated guided vehicles' simultaneous scheduling, which addresses an extension of the blocking job shop scheduling problem, considering the transferring of jobs between different machines using a limited number of multi-mode automated guided vehicles. Since the model is strictly NP-hard, and because objectives contradict each other, a meta-heuristic algorithm called 'multi-objective invasive weeds optimisation algorithm' with a new chromosome structure which guarantees the feasibility of solutions is developed to solve the proposed problem. Two other meta-heuristic algorithms namely 'non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm' and 'multi-objective particle swarm optimisation algorithm' are applied to validate the solutions obtained by the developed multi-objective invasive weeds optimisation algorithm. A certain method was applied to select the algorithm with the best performance. The result of ranking the algorithms indicated that the developed multi-objective invasive weeds optimisation algorithm had the best performance in terms of solving the mentioned problems. [Received: 7 January 2017; Revised: 30 December 2017; Revised: 17 August 2018; Revised: 22 January 2019; Accepted: 26 July 2019]

Keywords: MOIWO; AGV; scheduling; machines scheduling; job shop scheduling; simultaneous scheduling; invasive weeds optimisation; industrial engineering.

DOI: 10.1504/EJIE.2020.105696

European Journal of Industrial Engineering, 2020 Vol.14 No.2, pp.165 - 188

Published online: 27 Feb 2020 *

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