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The Influence of Setup Time on Job Shop Performance


  • Jon K. Wilbrecht

    (Sylvania Electronic Systems)

  • William B. Prescott

    (Autonetics Division of North American Rockwell)


A job shop was simulated in order to determine the effect of different job priority rules involving setup times on shop performance. The seven priority rules tested were chosen on the basis that they could be implemented by job shop foremen. Assumptions in the simulation model were based on experience with an electronics company and published literature. The study indicates that, for a fully loaded shop, giving priority to be the job with the shortest actual setup time, regardless of its run time, gives the best overall performance result.

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  • Jon K. Wilbrecht & William B. Prescott, 1969. "The Influence of Setup Time on Job Shop Performance," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 16(4), pages 274-280, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:16:y:1969:i:4:p:b274-b280

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    1. Jorge M. S. Valente, 2005. "Beam search algorithms for the single machine total weighted tardiness scheduling problem with sequence-dependent setups," FEP Working Papers 186, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
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    5. Tzafestas, Spyros & Triantafyllakis, Alekos, 1993. "Deterministic scheduling in computing and manufacturing systems: a survey of models and algorithms," Mathematics and Computers in Simulation (MATCOM), Elsevier, vol. 35(5), pages 397-434.
    6. Missbauer, H., 1997. "Order release and sequence-dependent setup times," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 131-143, April.
    7. Jens Heger & Torsten Hildebrandt & Bernd Scholz-Reiter, 2015. "Dispatching rule selection with Gaussian processes," Central European Journal of Operations Research, Springer;Slovak Society for Operations Research;Hungarian Operational Research Society;Czech Society for Operations Research;Österr. Gesellschaft für Operations Research (ÖGOR);Slovenian Society Informatika - Section for Operational Research;Croatian Operational Research Society, vol. 23(1), pages 235-249, March.
    8. Allahverdi, Ali & Gupta, Jatinder N. D. & Aldowaisan, Tariq, 1999. "A review of scheduling research involving setup considerations," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 27(2), pages 219-239, April.
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