Title: A sequential heuristic programming approach for a corrugated box factory: trade-off between set-up cost and trim waste

Authors: Pierrette Zouein, Jessica Diab

Addresses: Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon, P.O. Box 36, Byblos, Lebanon. ' National Oilwell Varco, 7909 Parkwood Circle Dr., Houston, TX 77036, USA

Abstract: This paper considers a corrugator trim problem for a cardboard boxes manufacturing plant that produces boxes of various sizes servicing known customer demand. We present a suboptimal three-step procedure that minimises both trim waste and setup time cost where setup cost is measured as the loss of production resulting from stock rolls size changes. The procedure leads to the least-cost method of combining customer orders on the corrugator and the optimal roll width to use. The paper concludes by applying the proposed method to derive a lower cost schedule for Unipak, one of the leading manufacturer of cardboard boxes in Lebanon.

Keywords: corrugator scheduling; sequential heuristic programming; decision support systems; DSS; trim waste; cardboard box manufacturing; computer applications; cardboard boxes; optimal roll width; setup costs.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSPM.2010.032662

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling, 2010 Vol.6 No.1, pp.19 - 28

Published online: 11 Apr 2010 *

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