Production scheduling of an emulsion polymerization process

Edwin Zondervan*, Bogdan Hoofwijk, Simme D. Flapper, Jan Meuldijk

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This paper describes a production scheduling model that can be run for an emulsion polymerization (EP) production process. This scheduling model is used to maximize the total profit of the production process by calculating a production plan which optimizes costs and profits. These costs include production, reactor cleaning, component storage and purchasing of raw materials. It is further noted that the model is structured as a State-Task Network. To ensure feasibility we have introduced new constraints for the task assignment. All coding was done in AIMMS. The model is tested with 2 case studies that represent an EP production process (A smaller and a larger problem), in which we have varied the process topology, the number of raw materials and products. In addition a solver comparison was done from which we found that GUROBI can handle the problem most effectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1177-1182
Number of pages6
JournalChemical engineering transactions
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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