An integrated approach to solving the master aggregate scheduling problem

Sanchoy K. Das, Subhash C. Sarin

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Master scheduling is concerned with synchronizing production activities with product demand, while also coordinating the use of different resources. It will thus be a key schedule in any control system intended for application in an integrated manufacturing environment. This paper combines earlier methodologies, in master scheduling and aggregate planning, to develop a master aggregate schedule (MA-schedule) model, which is better equipped to meet the needs of modern manufacturing facilities. The MA-schedule aggregates capacity, time, and products; models routing and capacity flexibility; considers the availability of material transporters; and has a multi-criteria objective function. The schedule is formulated as a large-scale mixed integer program. Experimental results with some test problems are reported, and the impact of the new features is studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-178
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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