The performance of an company depends both on its technological expertise and its managerial and organizational effectiveness. Production management is an important part of the process for manufacturing firms. The organization of production relies in general on the implementation of a certain number of basic functions, among which the scheduling function plays an essential role. This title presents recently developed methods for resolving scheduling issues. The basic concepts and the methods of production scheduling are introduced and advanced techniques are discussed, providing readers with a comprehensive and accessible guide to employing this process.
Pierre Lopez is a researcher within the Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems at the French National Center for Scientific Research (LAAS-CNRS). He is also head of the MOGISA group (Modeling, Optimization and Integrated Management of Systems of Activities). Francois Roubellat is also a researcher within LAAS-CNRS. His research is focused on Decision Support Systems for activity scheduling with resource constraints.
Chapter 1. Statement of production scheduling (Francois Roubellat and Pierre Lopez). Chapter 2. Basic concepts and methods in production scheduling (Patrick Esquirol and Pierre Lopez). Chapter 3. Metaheuristics (Marino Widmer, Alain Hertz and Daniel Costa). Chapter 4. Genetic algorithms and scheduling (Marie-Claude Portmann and Antony Vignier). Chapter 5. Constraint propagation and scheduling (Patrick Esquirol, Pierre Lopez and Marie-Jose Huguet). Chapter 6. Simulation approach (Gerard Bel and Jean-Bernard Cavaille). Chapter 7. Cyclic production scheduling (Jean-Claude Gentina, Ouajdi Korbaa and Herve Camus). Chapter 8. Mixed-model assembly lines sequencing (Yannick Frein and Emmanuel Castelain). Chapter 9. Hoist scheduling (Pierre Baptiste, Christelle Bloch and Christophe Varnier). Chapter 10. Multi-resource shop scheduling (Jean-Charles Billaut, Jacques Carlier, Emmanuel Neron and Antoine Oliver). Chapter 11. Open shop scheduling (Christian Prins). Chapter 12. Scheduling under flexible constraints and uncertain data: a fuzzy approach (Didier Dubois, Helene Fargier and Philippe Fortemps). Chapter 13. Real-time workshop scheduling (Christian Artigues and Francois Roubellat).