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A flexibly structured lot sizing heuristic for a static remanufacturing system

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  • Schulz, Tobias
  • Voigt, Guido

An effective planning of lot sizes is a key strategy to efficiently manage a combined manufacturing/remanufacturing system in the presence of substantial setup costs. Due to its complex interdependencies, optimal policies and solutions have not been identified so far, but several heuristic approaches have been analyzed in recent contributions. The main heuristic shortcuts are forcing equally sized lot sizes over the planning horizon as well as imposing a specific cycle structure, i.e., a sequence of manufacturing batches is followed by a sequence of remanufacturing batches. We are instead proposing a flexibly structured heuristic that allows for differently sized remanufacturing batches. We show in a comprehensive numerical study that our approach outperforms other existing approaches in more than half of all instances by up to 17%.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Omega.

Volume (Year): 44 (2014)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 21-31

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:44:y:2014:i:c:p:21-31
DOI: 10.1016/
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