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Multiple-part cyclic hoist scheduling using a sieve method

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3 Author(s)
Kats, V. ; Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel ; Levner, E. ; Meyzin, L.

The paper proposes an algorithm for generating optimal cyclic schedules of hoist moves in a printed circuit board electroplating facility where transportation of parts between workstations is performed by a computer-controlled hoist. The objective of the scheduling problem is to maximize the throughput rate. Unlike many previous algorithms which consider 1-part cyclic schedules, the proposed algorithm provides an exact solution for the more complicated case of r-part cyclic schedules where r>1. The algorithm is illustrated with numerical examples comparing 1-part and multiple-part optimal schedules

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Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 4 )