Volume 55, 2021Regular articles published in advance of the transition of the journal to Subscribe to Open (S2O). Free supplement sponsored by the Fonds National pour la Science Ouverte
|Page(s)||S929 - S946|
|Published online||02 March 2021|
Minimizing total completion time for flowshop scheduling problem with uncertain processing times
Department of Mathematical Sciences, School of Natural Sciences, Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083, USA
2 Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 5969, Safat, Kuwait
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 19 February 2020
The four-machine flowshop scheduling problem is investigated with the objective of minimizing total completion time. Job processing times are uncertain where only the lower and upper bounds are known. This problem is common in some manufacturing environments. Some mathematical (dominance) relations are established, and an algorithm (with ten scenarios) is proposed. The proposed algorithm converts the four-machine problem to a single machine problem for which an optimal solution is known for the deterministic problem. The difference among the scenarios is related to the weights assigned to the lower and upper bounds of processing times on the machines. The proposed algorithm is further improved by the established mathematical relations and are evaluated based on extensive computational experiments. The computational results indicate that three scenarios of the proposed algorithm perform much better than the others, and the errors of these three scenarios get better as the size of the problem increases. The results are statistically verified by constructing the confidence intervals.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 90-XX
Key words: Scheduling / total completion time / uncertain processing times
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