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Bottleneck-based heuristic for three machine flow shop scheduling

Abdul Rahim , Mohd Salleh (2011) Bottleneck-based heuristic for three machine flow shop scheduling. Masters thesis, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.


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This paper considers a 3 machine flow shop (M1M2M3) with tendency of dominant (bottleneck) machine at M1. The developed bottleneck based heuristics from previous studies are considered in this case by Hezzeril (2010) and Irwan (2010), but were only tested for dominant machine at M2 and M3 respectively. The heuristics have successfully produced 67.24% of optimum solution at the middle process or M2 and 90.80% at the last process or M3 for 6 jobs problem. While for 10 jobs problem, the heuristics can produce 14.64% at M2 and 90.98% at M3. As an extension of this study, the bottleneck based heuristic scope is enlarged by developing a new heuristic for dominant machine at M1 and combining it with the previously developed heuristics for dominant machine at M2 and M3. The main objective is to develop scheduling heuristic to evaluate the performance at M1 based on bottleneck analysis for M1M2M3 flow shop and to combine with the developed heuristics from previous studies. The computer program involved were Microsoft Excel and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and the test of performance were conducted at 6 and 10 jobs problem. A simulated random data within specific limitation being assigned at each job’s processing time produces new recommended job arrangements. The generated makespan was compared with optimum makespan from complete enumeration and lower bound (LB) analysis. Total sets of 1000 simulated data at 6 and 10 jobs were allocated into 3 dominance level of P1DL; weak, medium, and strong. Optimal solutions were obtained based on the total results data that produce the ratio of 1. Based on the results, 62.40% of the solution generated is optimum result for 6 jobs while 56.33% of the solution generated equals to lower bound for 10 jobs. The heuristic performed moderately and decreased slightly when number of jobs increased, showing that BMM1 heuristic is more suitable for lesser number of jobs.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS155-194 Production management. Operations management
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2011 08:27
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2011 08:27
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/1739
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