A heuristic for adaptive production scheduling and control in flow shop production

Wei Li, Xinggang Luo, Deyi Xue, Yiliu Tu

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Although research in flow shop production scheduling has been carried out for many decades, there is still a gap between theoretical research and industrial applications - especially in some manufacturing paradigms in which adaptive production control is necessary, such as in one-of-a-kind production (OKP). This paper presents an average processing time and lever (APT-LVR) heuristic, integrated with a closed-loop feedback control scheme, to achieve adaptive production scheduling and control in flow shop production. Having been implemented in a local OKP company, our APT-LVR based production scheduling and control system demonstrates a significant potential to improve the company's production efficiency and competitiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3151-3170
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research project has been funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada through its Strategic Project programme and Gienow Windows and Doors LP, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We highly appreciate those anonymous reviewers’ comments, which were valuable to improve the quality of this paper.


  • adaptive production control
  • coloured Petri nets
  • flow shop
  • one-of-a-kind production (OKP)
  • scheduling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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