On alternative mixed integer programming formulations and LP-based heuristics for lot-sizing with setup times
Denizel, Meltem and Süral, Haldun (2006) On alternative mixed integer programming formulations and LP-based heuristics for lot-sizing with setup times. Journal of The Operational Research Society, 57 (4). pp. 389-399. ISSN 0160-5682
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jors.2601996
We address the multi-item, capacitated lot-sizing problem (CLSP) encountered in environments where demand is dynamic and to be met on time. Items compete for a limited capacity resource, which requires a setup for each lot of items to be produced causing unproductive time but no direct costs. The problem belongs to a class of problems that are difcult to solve. Even the feasibility problem becomes combinatorial when setup times are considered. This difculty in reaching optimality and the practical relevance of CLSP make it important to design and analyse heuristics to nd good solutions that can be implemented in practice. We consider certain mixed integer programming formulations of the problem and develop heuristics including a curtailed branch and bound, for rounding the setup variables in the LP solution of the tighter formulations. We report our computational results for a class of instances taken from literature.
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