A Production Scheduling Method for Bell-Type Batch Annealing Shop
A discrete event simulation approach based on heuristics is presented to emulate the production process of the bell-type batch annealing in this paper. For optimizing the scheduling objective of minimizing the resource free ratio, an improved Differential Evolution algorithm is proposed, which solves a class of discrete problem, and whose crossover probability is adaptively assigned in order to improve the search ability not only on local but also on global. The experiments using practical production data demonstrate that the proposed method has a great effectiveness, and increases the production efficiency of the bell-type annealing shop.
Zhengyi Jiang and Chunliang Zhang
J. Zhao et al., "A Production Scheduling Method for Bell-Type Batch Annealing Shop", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 97-101, pp. 2436-2439, 2010