Minimizing total tardiness on a two-machine re-entrant flowshop
We present a branch and bound algorithm for a two-machine re-entrant flowshop scheduling problem with the objective of minimizing total tardiness. In the re-entrant flowshop considered here, all jobs must be processed twice on each machine, that is, each job should be processed on machine 1, machine 2 and then machine 1 and machine 2. By regarding a job as a pair of sub-jobs, each of which represents a pass through the two machines, we develop dominance properties, a lower bound and heuristic algorithms for the problem, and use these to develop a branch and bound algorithm. For evaluation of the performance of the algorithms, computational experiments are performed on randomly generated test problems and results are reported. Results of the experiments show that the suggested branch and bound algorithm can solve problems with up to 20 sub-jobs in a reasonable amount of CPU time, and the average percentage gap of the heuristic solutions is about 13%.
Scheduling Re-entrant flowshop Branch and bound Heuristics
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