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An iterated greedy algorithm for the flowshop scheduling problem with blocking

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  • Ribas, Imma
  • Companys, Ramon
  • Tort-Martorell, Xavier
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    This paper proposes an iterated greedy algorithm for solving the blocking flowshop scheduling problem for makespan minimization. Moreover, it presents an improved NEH-based heuristic, which is used as the initial solution procedure for the iterated greedy algorithm. The effectiveness of both procedures was tested on some of Taillard's benchmark instances that are considered to be blocking flowshop instances. The experimental evaluation showed the efficiency of the proposed algorithm, in spite of its simple structure, in comparison with a state-of-the-art algorithm. In addition, new best solutions for Taillard's instances are reported for this problem, which can be used as a basis of comparison in future studies.

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    Volume (Year): 39 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 3 (June)
    Pages: 293-301

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:39:y:2011:i:3:p:293-301

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    Keywords: Flowshop Blocking Makespan Iterated local search;

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    1. Martinez, S. & Dauzere-Peres, S. & Gueret, C. & Mati, Y. & Sauer, N., 2006. "Complexity of flowshop scheduling problems with a new blocking constraint," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 169(3), pages 855-864, March.
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    1. Pan, Quan-Ke & Ruiz, Rubén, 2014. "An effective iterated greedy algorithm for the mixed no-idle permutation flowshop scheduling problem," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 41-50.
    2. Lai, Peng-Jen & Lee, Wen-Chiung, 2011. "Single-machine scheduling with general sum-of-processing-time-based and position-based learning effects," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 39(5), pages 467-471, October.
    3. Pan, Quan-Ke & Wang, Ling, 2012. "Effective heuristics for the blocking flowshop scheduling problem with makespan minimization," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 40(2), pages 218-229, April.
    4. Pan, Quan-Ke & Ruiz, Rubén, 2012. "Local search methods for the flowshop scheduling problem with flowtime minimization," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 222(1), pages 31-43.
    5. García-Martínez, C. & Rodriguez, F.J. & Lozano, M., 2014. "Tabu-enhanced iterated greedy algorithm: A case study in the quadratic multiple knapsack problem," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 232(3), pages 454-463.
    6. Lozano, M. & Molina, D. & GarcI´a-MartI´nez, C., 2011. "Iterated greedy for the maximum diversity problem," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 214(1), pages 31-38, October.
    7. Delorme, Xavier & Dolgui, Alexandre & Kovalyov, Mikhail Y., 2012. "Combinatorial design of a minimum cost transfer line," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 40(1), pages 31-41, January.
    8. Lin, Shih-Wei & Ying, Kuo-Ching, 2013. "Minimizing makespan in a blocking flowshop using a revised artificial immune system algorithm," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 41(2), pages 383-389.
    9. Pan, Quan-Ke & Ruiz, Rubén, 2012. "An estimation of distribution algorithm for lot-streaming flow shop problems with setup times," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 40(2), pages 166-180, April.

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