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An evolutionary algorithm and discrete event simulation for optimizing inspection strategies for multi-stage processes


  • VAN VOLSEM, Sofie
  • DULLAERT, Wout


The problem of determining the optimal inspection strategy for a given multi-stage production process, i.e. the inspection strategy that results in the lowest total inspection cost, while still assuring a required output quality, is modelled as a joint optimization of inspection location, type and inspection limits. A fusion between a discrete event simulation to model the multi-stage process subject to inspection and to calculate the resulting inspection costs, and an evolutionary algorithm (EA) to optimize the inspection strategies, is suggested.

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  • VAN VOLSEM, Sofie & DULLAERT, Wout & VAN LANDEGHEM, Rik, 2004. "An evolutionary algorithm and discrete event simulation for optimizing inspection strategies for multi-stage processes," Working Papers 2004010, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ant:wpaper:2004010

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    Inspection allocation; Quality economics; Evolutionary algorithm; Discrete event simulation;

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