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A note on the total completion time problem in a permutation flowshop with a learning effect


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  • Wu, Chin-Chia
  • Lee, Wen-Chiung
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    The concept of learning process plays a key role in production environments. However, it is relatively unexplored in the flowshop setting. In this short note, we consider a permutation flowshop scheduling problem with a learning effect where the objective is to minimize the sum of completion times or flowtime. A dominance rule and several lower bounds are established to speed up the search for the optimal solution. In addition, the performances of several well-known heuristics are evaluated when the learning effect is present.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Journal of Operational Research.

    Volume (Year): 192 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 343-347

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:192:y:2009:i:1:p:343-347

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    Keywords: Scheduling Permutation flowshop Flowtime Learning effect;


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    1. Lee, Wen-Chiung & Chung, Yu-Hsiang, 2013. "Permutation flowshop scheduling to minimize the total tardiness with learning effects," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 141(1), pages 327-334.
    2. Lee, Wen-Chiung & Wu, Chin-Chia & Hsu, Peng-Hsiang, 2010. "A single-machine learning effect scheduling problem with release times," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 38(1-2), pages 3-11, February.
    3. Cheng, T.C.E. & Wu, Chin-Chia & Chen, Juei-Chao & Wu, Wen-Hsiang & Cheng, Shuenn-Ren, 2013. "Two-machine flowshop scheduling with a truncated learning function to minimize the makespan," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 141(1), pages 79-86.


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