Diomidis D. Spinellis, Chrissoleon T. Papadopoulos, "Modular production line optimization: The exPLORE architecture", Mathematical Problems in Engineering, vol. 6, Article ID 531895, 15 pages, 2001. https://doi.org/10.1155/S1024123X00001460
Modular production line optimization: The exPLORE architecture
The general design problem in serial production lines concerns the allocation of resources such as the number of servers, their service rates, and buffers given production-specific constraints, associated costs, and revenue projections. We describe the design of exPLOre: a modular, object-oriented, production line optimization software architecture. An abstract optimization module can be instantiated using a variety of stochastic optimization methods such as simulated annealing and genetic algorithms. Its search space is constrained by a constraint checker while its search direction is guided by a cost analyser which combines the output of a throughput evaluator with the business model. The throughput evaluator can be instantiated using Markovian, generalised queueing network methods, a decomposition, or an expansion method algorithm.
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