Stability of trade-off balancing in one-stage production scheduling

Wei Li, Barrie R. Nault, Syed I. Mohsin, Youlin Huang

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Production scheduling faces three challenges, which are inconsistent key performance indicators (KPIs), processing time uncertainties, and production schemes. Applying modern portfolio theory (MPT), Li et al. (2021) proposed a ToB(α) heuristic to balance trade-offs in one-stage production. However, production schemes for optimizing average performance of individual KPIs, trade-off values, or worst-case scenarios affect the stability of a process differently, especially with processing time uncertainties. We propose an innovative approach using transfer functions for stability (TF4S) in balancing trade-offs in production scheduling. Our TF4S approach provides a systematic way to analyze the stability of one-stage production and can be extended to production scheduling for classic m-machine flow lines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-55
Number of pages8
JournalManufacturing Letters
StatePublished - Sep 2022

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  • Production scheduling
  • Stability
  • Trade-off balancing
  • Transfer function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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