Minimization of the number of tool magazine setups on automated machines: a lagrangean decomposition approach
Denizel, Meltem (2003) Minimization of the number of tool magazine setups on automated machines: a lagrangean decomposition approach. Operations Research, 51 (2). pp. 309-320. ISSN 0030-364X (Print) 1526-5463 (Online)
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1287/opre.51.2.309.12784
This paper addresses the parts-grouping problem that arises in automated manufacturing environments where appropriate cutting tools must be loaded on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines to process a variety of parts. Since tool-loading times may be considerably long and reduce available machine processing times, it is important to find a mutually exclusive grouping of parts such that the total number of tools required by each group does not exceed the tool-magazine capacity and the number of groups is minimized. We present an integer programming formulation of the problem and develop a lower bounding procedure using Lagrangean decomposition. We then introduce valid inequalities to improve the quality of the lower bounds obtained from the relaxed problem. Our solution procedure for the lower bounding problem requires only one set of Lagrange multipliers, which reduces the required computational effort significantly. We also modify the lower bound solution heuristically to find an upper bound. The lower and upper bounds are then incorporated in a branch-and-bound scheme to search for an optimal solution. Our computational comparisons with the best existing solution procedures from the literature show that our procedure performs better on average, and for the majority of test problems within the scope of our experiments
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