In this paper, a general multi-level decomposition based framework has been proposed for integration of planning and scheduling in a multi-site, multi-product plant, with applications to paper manufacturing. The problem involves complex issues relating to large-scale production in a hybrid flowshop configuration, decisions relating to minimizing trim losses, while maintaining on-time delivery of orders. Due to these complexities, the overall problem of integrated planning and scheduling is logically partitioned into several levels, depending on the problem size. As followed in other decomposition-based approaches, the upper level models are equipped with appropriate abstractions of the lower level constraints. Also from a reactive scheduling point of view, some pro-active measures are embedded into the multi-level structure. The proposed multi-level decomposition scheme is demonstrated on a representative planning and scheduling problem.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Chemical Engineering
- Computer Science Applications