Supply Chain Scheduling with Transportation Cost on a Single Machine
Supply chain scheduling problem is raised from modern manufacturing system integration, in which manufacturers not only process orders but also transport products to customer’s location. Therefore, the system ought to consider how to appropriately send finished jobs in batches to reduce transportation costs while considering the processing sequence of jobs to reduce production cost. This paper studies such a supply chain scheduling problem that one manufacturer produces with a single machine and deliveries jobs within limited transportation times to one customer. The objective function is to minimize the total sum of production cost and transportation cost. The NP hard property of the problem is proved in the simpler way, and the pseudo-dynamic programming algorithm in the literature is modified as the MDP algorithm to get the optimal solution which is associated with the total processing times of jobs.
Helen Zhang and David Jin
J. Fan "Supply Chain Scheduling with Transportation Cost on a Single Machine", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 382, pp. 106-109, 2012