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Short-term production scheduling of an automated manufacturing facility

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3 Author(s)
Gershwin, Stanley B. ; Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 02139, USA ; Akella, Ramakrishna ; Choong, Yong F.

We describe a new implementation of the Kimemia-Gershwin hierarchical policy for the real-time scheduling of flexible manufacturing systems. Major improvements result at all three levels of the policy. The algorithm simplification, resulting in substantial reductions of off-line and on-line computation time, is reported, as is the improvement in performance through the elimination of chattering. Simulation results based on a detailed model of a printed circuit card assembly facility are summarized.

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:29 ,  Issue: 4 )