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Han-Wen Tuan, Shu-Cheng Lin, Peterson Julian, "Improvement for Amelioration Inventory Model with Weibull Distribution", Mathematical Problems in Engineering, vol. 2017, Article ID 8946547, 8 pages, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/8946547
Improvement for Amelioration Inventory Model with Weibull Distribution
Most inventory models dealt with deteriorated items. On the contrary, just a few papers considered inventory systems under amelioration environment. We study an amelioration inventory model with Weibull distribution. However, there are some questionable results in the amelioration paper. We will first point out those questionable results in the previous paper that did not derive the optimal solution and then provide some improvements. We will provide a rigorous analytical work for different cases dependent on the size of the shape parameter. We present a detailed numerical example for different ranges of the sharp parameter to illustrate that our solution method attains the optimal solution. We developed a new amelioration model and then provided a detailed analyzed procedure to find the optimal solution. Our findings will help researchers develop their new inventory models.
Several published theses have addressed the importance of the deterioration phenomenon in field applications; as a result, many deterioration models have been consequently developed. Yet we have not observed much appreciation of ameliorating consideration. Due to lack of considering the influence of demand, the ameliorating items assuming duration for the amount of inventory will gradually increase; meanwhile, in the traditional inventory model dealing with deteriorating items the amount of inventory will gradually decrease. Amid the published literatures, scholars and researchers do not pay much attention to the ameliorating problems and items. To cope with this deficiency, lately a few studies are concerned with the problems of amelioration, because they do exist in the real world such as the farming, fishery, and poultry industries. The fast growing animals like ducks, pigs, and broilers in poultry farms, highbred fishes in ponds, and the cultivation of vegetables and fruits in farms are typical field applications. This is quite different from the deteriorating items and deserves a comprehensive study.
Weibull distribution has been applied to the problems of product life cycle in recent years, because it can describe the different life spans effectively by utilizing the changes of parameters. Many scholars have applied the inventory model that follows Weibull distribution. Jalan et al. , Chakrabarty et al. , and Wu et al.  considered the deteriorating inventory model. Chang and Dye , Wu , and Giri et al.  extended the inventory model with deteriorating items in several directions. Hwang [7, 8] and Mondal et al.  developed the inventory models with ameliorating items under various situations. Since World War II, inventory systems with the deterioration satisfying Weibull distribution have been successfully modeled in field operations; therefore, many theses are published to address the importance. Each of these extended models is applicable to certain cases in real operating applications. Some are more generally suitable than others, but most of them carry the weakness of being too complicated to control, both algebraically and numerically. Consequently, some modelers must trade off precision with respect to tractability. Hwang  is one of first authors to consider the remodeling from deterioration to amelioration. However, his published literatures did not present the ultimately optimal solution. Instead, he used a graphical procedure of Gupta  to estimate the optimal cycle time, which could not derive to a convincingly optimal solution. We hereby generate a complete analytical framework to develop the optimal solution, in which both precision and tractability will be secure.
For the recent development of amelioration inventory models, we provide a list to compare 12 papers in Table 1.
2. Notation and Assumption
This note uses the same notation and expressions as Hwang  together with two auxiliary functions and several new expressions to clearly indicate our results, except that in Hwang , he assumed that . However, the purchase cost of baby fry or chicken or vegetable seeds is usually less than that of feed and fertilizer, implying that . For this note, we will discuss inventory model for items of ameliorating items with Weibull distribution, under the restriction . For a detailed graphical expression of Weibull distribution, please refer to Wikipedia. : the constant demand rate (kg/day) : the parameter to denote the time of amelioration (day) : the ordering cost (₩) : the amelioration cost (₩/kg) : the purchase cost (₩/kg), with : the holding cost (₩/kg/day) : the deterioration rate with (1/day), where is the shape parameter and is the scale parameter : the inventory level (kg) : the cycle time (day) : the average total cost per unit time that consists of ordering cost, purchasing cost, holding cost, and the ameliorating cost (₩/day) : an auxiliary function with : another auxiliary function with : the unique positive solution for with : the optimal solution (day)
3. Review of Previous Results
He expressed the objection function, , asHwang used Taylor’s series expansion for the exponential function to derive He plugged (4) into (3) and then computed to implyFrom (5), he used a graphical procedure of Gupta  as follows:He claimed that (6) can be solved by a computer search.
4. Discussion of Hwang’s Results
We first review his results. From the differential equation for the inventory level, we know thatwhere the ending inventory level is zero as ; thenFrom the inventory level in (8), we obtain the initial inventory level asComparing (2) and (8), we have a simple expression. For the sake of completeness, we point out that (5) should be revised asMoreover, (6) should be modified asHwang  did not explain why (5) has solutions or the solution is unique. He just sketched a graph to show that there is a unique solution for (5) without further explanation. We will derive a series of lemmas and theorems to find out whether (5) has a unique solution.
5. Our Improvement
We plug (9) into (3) to take the first derivative; then it yields thatwith an auxiliary function, say , whereStudying the properties of is equivalent to examining the properties of . We obtain thatwith another auxiliary function, say , whereAccording to the expression in (15), we divide the inventory model into the following three cases: (a) , (b) , and (c) .
For the first case with , motivated by (15), it follows that To simplify the expression, we assume the unique positive root of (16) as , which meansFrom (16), we know that for and for . Hence, increases for and decreases for .
From , increases to then decreases to , such that there is a unique point, say , with as It yields that for and for . From (13), we obtain that . By (14), it implies that increases for and decreases for .
Using (18), we obtain thatDepending on the value of and , we will divide case (a) into three cases: (a1) , (a2) and , and (a3) and .
Lemma 1. For case (a1), and then the optimal solution .
From for , by (12), for so the minimum value will occur when .
Next, we consider case (a2). Since , then increases from to for and decreases from to . Hence, there are two points, say and , where with and . It yields that , for , for , and , for . Consequently, by (12), decreases for , then increases for , and then decreases for . Hence, we derive that and are local maximum points. On the other hand, and are local minimum points. We summarize our finding in the next lemma.
Lemma 2. For case (a2), the minimum value of is .
Third, we consider case (a3). From and , we know that there exists a unique point, say such that satisfying . It follows that , for and for . By the same argument, decreases for and then increases for such that is the unique local minimum point.
Lemma 3. For case (a3), the minimum value of is .
We combine all previous results in the next main theorem.
Theorem 4. Under the condition , for the minimum point, , and minimum value, , there are three different cases:(1)For case (a1), with , then the optimal solution .(2)For case (a2), with and , the minimum value of is .(3)For case (a3), with and , the minimum value of is .
Now, we begin to discuss the second case with . From (15), we know that To simplify the expression, we assume thatWe know that for and for . It implies that increases for and decreases for .
Depending on the value of and , we will divide case (b) into three cases: (b1) , (b2) and , and (b3) and .
By the same argument for the case of to replace by , we may derive the similar theorem as follows, where and are the roots for under case (b2) where and is the root for under case (b3).
Theorem 5. Under the condition , for the minimum point, , and minimum value, , there are three different cases:(1)For case (b1) with , then the optimal solution .(2)For case (b2), with and , the minimum value of is .(3)For case (b3), with and , the minimum value of is .
At last, we begin to discuss the third case with . From (15), we know that so is a decreasing function from to ; then there is a unique point, say , with and for and for . It implies that increases for and decreases for .
Depending on the value of and , we will divide case (c) into three cases: (c1) , (c2) and , and (c3) and .
By the same argument for the case of to replace by , we may derive similar theorem as follows, where and are the roots for under case (c2) where and is the root for under case (c3).
Theorem 6. Under the condition , for the minimum point, , and minimum value, , there are three different cases:(1)For case (c1) with , then the optimal solution .(2)For case (c2), with and , the minimum value of is .(3)For case (c3), with and , the minimum value of is .
Motivated by Figures 2–4, for , , and , respectively, we know that graphs of are different for three different cases. However, we can abstractly combine these three different graphs of to imply that there is a unique point, say , such that , for , and , for . Consequently, we observe that cases (a1), (b1), and (c1) are of the same type. Similarly, cases (a2), (b2), and (c2) looked like each other. Moreover, cases (a3), (b3), and (c3) are similar. Hence, we claim that there is a unique point, say , satisfying and there is a unique point, say , with and ; we can merge Theorems 4–6 into a general result as follows.
Theorem 7. For our amelioration model with , we obtain that first solve to yield the unique solution . Checking the value of , we divide the solution procedure into two different cases.(a)If , then the optimal solution .(b)If , then there is a unique point, say , with and ; then the minimum value is .
6. Numerical Examples
To be comparable with the results in Hwang , we consider the same numerical example as Example in it with the following data: , , , , and , except that we change from 4000 to 40000 such that we have and from into three different cases: in Example 1, , in Example 2, , and in Example 3, such that it provides three examples for each case, respectively.
Example 1. Under the condition , that is suitable for case (a), we have that , , and ; by case (a3), the optimal solution is and the optimal value is .
Example 2. Under the condition , that is suitable for case (b), we obtain that , and ; from case (b3), the optimal solution is and the optimal value is .
Example 3. Under the condition , that is suitable for case (c), we find that , , and ; from case (c3), the optimal solution is and the optimal value is .
Under our classification to different cases, we derive the optimal cycle time and the optimal total cost that will help the researcher and practitioners to obtain the best decision making.
For practitioners easily applying our results, we provide a detailed algorithm for the optimal solution and the optimal value.
Step 1. Solve to derive the unique root, say .
Step 2. Compute .
Step 3. If , then the optimal solution is .
Step 4. If , then solve to locate the unique root, say , satisfying ; then the optimal value .
In the following, we provided a comparison between two restrictions: (a) In Hwang  and Chou et al.  with and (b) in our manuscript with . For eel, until now, no one can produce baby eel from eggs of a pregnant female eel. Hence, the baby eel must be caught from the wild and then sold by tail, for example, $2/per tail, and then the purchasing cost (per kilogram) will be very large. The selling price for an adult eel, for example, is $10/per tail such that (in kilogram) is valid for eel that is consistent with Hwang  and Chou et al. .
On the other hand, from Wikipedia, there is a picture that shows “Expressing eggs from a female rainbow trout” indicating that rainbow trout can be reproduced from eggs such that the purchasing cost for rainbow trout will be low and then our assumption can be applied for this kind of fish farming.
Hence, amelioration inventory models can be used to measure (a) weight gain or (b) pregnant mother fish delivering new born baby fish.
7. Direction for the Future Research
There are two amelioration inventory models in Hwang . For the first model, the demand rate is greater than the amelioration rate. For the second model, the amelioration rate is greater than the demand rate. Under this restriction, Hwang  developed his “partially selling quantity model” which can be treated as sustainable management. Hence, we can predict that researchers may consider the exact objective function and then try to derive the optimal solution that will be an interesting research topic in the future.
With careful classification based on theoretical constructions, this paper developed an analytical framework for Weibull ameliorating in inventory models and provided the optimal solution of cycle time and the minimum value of average total cost. Numerical examples were also provided to illustrate our findings.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.
The authors greatly appreciate the partial financial support of MOST 105-2410-H-015-006. They express their sincere gratitude to Scarlet Fang (firstname.lastname@example.org) for his help of sketching four figures.
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