Article 18
  • J.C. Vidal, M. Mucientes, A. Bugarín, M. Lama
  • Applied Soft Computing, 2011 - Q1

Machine Scheduling in Custom Furniture Industry through Neuro-Evolutionary Hybridization

Machine scheduling is a critical problem in industries where products are custom-designed. The wide range of products, the lack of previous experiences in manufacturing, and the several conflicting criteria used to evaluate the quality of the schedules define a huge search space. Furthermore, production complexity and human influence in each manufacturing step make time estimations difficult to obtain thus reducing accuracy of schedules. The solution described in this paper combines evolutionary computing and neural networks to reduce the impact of (i) the huge search space that the multi-objective optimization must deal with and (ii) the inherent problem of computing the processing times in a domain like custom manufacturing. Our hybrid approach obtains near optimal schedules through the Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm II (NSGA-II) combined with time estimations based on multilayer perceptron neural networks.
Keywords: Machine scheduling optimization, Multi-objective evolutionary algorithms, NSGA-II, Neural networks, Hybrid approach
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