While deterministic scheduling models have been well studied, the use of these models is not well documented in manufacturing environments. Previous research has indicated that deterministic scheduling approaches quickly lose their advantage compared to dispatching rules when processing time uncertainty is present. This research presents the case of a Printed Wiring Board Manufacturer’s drilling operation, which is a group of unrelated parallel machines. The manufacturer wishes to minimise makespan, number of late jobs, total overtime, average machine finishing time and machine utilisation when stochastic uncertainty is present. While deterministic scheduling has been shown to be a good solution approach when processing time variability is low, this research attempts to extend the boundaries in which scheduling is useful by investigating job and machine hedges as well as periodic and event driven rescheduling policies. The success of the approach is evaluated using a simulation model to evaluate the performance over a number of sequential schedules under various distributional assumptions.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering