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A Practical Scheduling Method for Multiclass Production Systems with Setups


  • Tava Lennon Olsen

    (Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2117)


Consider a multiclass production system where many job classes share a single server and a setup time is incurred whenever the server changes class. This paper presents a simple method for scheduling these systems that performs well, not only with respect to mean waiting time, but also with respect to waiting-time variance and the outer percentiles of waiting time. The scheduling method is dynamic and uses the ages of items in each queue, as well as the queue statistics, to decide which queue to service next.

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  • Tava Lennon Olsen, 1999. "A Practical Scheduling Method for Multiclass Production Systems with Setups," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 45(1), pages 116-130, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:45:y:1999:i:1:p:116-130

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    1. Sunder Kekre & Kannan Srinivasan, 1990. "Broader Product Line: A Necessity to Achieve Success?," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 36(10), pages 1216-1232, October.
    2. Izak Duenyas & Mark P. Van Oyen, 1996. "Heuristic Scheduling of Parallel Heterogeneous Queues with Set-Ups," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 42(6), pages 814-829, June.
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    1. Grasman, Scott E. & Olsen, Tava Lennon & Birge, John R., 2005. "Finite buffer polling models with routing," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 165(3), pages 794-809, September.

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    heuristics; changeovers; queueing; polling; manufacturing;


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