Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2010


Timothy Anderson

Course Title

Operations Research

Course Number

ETM 540/640


Production scheduling -- Mathematical models, Hydraulic equipment, Production management, Operations research -- Case studies


In managing factory production there are tradeoffs that can arise in the production scheduling process. Production managers must balance the competing goals of on-time delivery, maximal machine utilization, and costs associated with inventory, work-in-progress, warehousing, and machine setups. The team sought to build a practical implementation of a model to optimize production scheduling by minimizing the setup and warehousing costs, under the constraints of limited available machine time and the requirement that no parts ship past their due date. It was also important to design the tool to be easy to use, and to integrate with existing production management systems already in use.


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