The integration of process planning and shop floor scheduling in small batch part manufacturing

Willem H.M. Zijm, H.J.J. Kals

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In this paper we explore possibilities to cut manufacturing leadtimes and to improve delivery performance in a small batch part manufacturing shop by integrating process planning and shop floor scheduling. Using a set of initial process plans (one for each order in the shop), we exploit a resource decomposition procedure to determine schedules to determine schedules which minimize the maximum lateness, given these process plans. If the resulting schedule is still unsatisfactory, a critical path analysis is performed to select jobs as candidates for alternative process plans. In this way, an excellent due date performance can be achieved, with a minimum of process planning and scheduling effort.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)429-432
JournalCIRP annals : manufacturing technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • IR-73216
  • Critical Path Method
  • METIS-144526
  • Scheduling
  • Process Planning

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