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Research on the inventory control of the remanufacturing reverse logistics based on the quantitative examination
2017
Abstract :
Based on the remanufacturing reverse logistics system, this paper studies the inventory control problem of the entire supply chain. Considering a variety of products and raw materials, we established amulti-product multi-echeloninventory control model of the remanufacturing reverse logisticsbased on the quantitative examination. And a numerical simulation is performed, which can prove that the model can reduce the inventory cost of remanufacturing reverse logistics, and can provide theoretical basis for determining the production batch and the processing batch for manufacturer and the recycling center. Then, using sensitivity analysis, it proves that the recovery rate and the remanufacturingrate of the recycled products have a great influence on the inventory cost of the reverse logistics, production and inventoryof the manufacturer and the recycling center.
Keywords :
Reverse logistics; Inventory; Remanufacturing; Quantitative examination; Multi-echelon.
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A queuing location–allocation model for a capacitated health care system
2017
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The aim of the present paper is to propose a location–allocation model, for a capacitated health care system. This paper develops a discrete modeling framework to determine the optimal number of facilities among candidates and optimal allocations of existing customers for operating health centers in a coverage distance, so that the total sum of customer and operating facility costs are minimized.Our goal is to create a model that is more practical in the real world. Therefore, setup costs of the hospitals are based on the costs of customers, fixed costs of establishing health centers and costs based on theavailable resources in each level of hospitals.In this paper, the idea of hierarchical structure has been used. There are two levels of service in hospitals including low and high levels and sections at different levels that provide different types of services. The patients are referred to the hospital’s different sections according to their requirements. To solve the model, two meta-heuristic algorithms, including genetic algorithm, simulated annealing and their combination are proposed. To evaluate the performance of the three algorithms, some numerical examples are produced and analyzed using the statistical test in order to determine which algorithm works better.
Keywords :
Health care system, Mixed-integer programming, Queuing theory, Capacitated system, Genetic algorithm, Simulated annealing algorithm, Hybrid algorithm
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A new mathematical model for a scheduling problem of dynamic machine-tool selection and operation allocation in a flexible manufacturing system: A modified evolutionary algorithm
2017
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Although a machine-tool selection and operation allocation problem of a flexible manufacturing system (FMS) is known for its complexity, scheduling of these systems is more operative and more complex. This paper considers scheduling of an FMS with dynamic machine-tool selection and operation allocation. In addition, due to the NP-hard nature of this problem, a modified evolutionary algorithm (EA) considering an island model is proposed to solve the given problem. Its performance is tested on a number of randomly generated problems. Furthermore, the related results are compared with the results obtained by a branch-and-bound (B&B) method. It has been found that the modified EA with the island model gives good results in terms of the objective function values and CPU times.
Keywords :
flexible manufacturing systems, mathematical model, evolutionary algorithm, island model
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Credibility-Based Fuzzy Mathematical Programming for Bi-Objective Capacitated Partial Facility Interdiction with Fortification and Demand Outsourcing Model
2017
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The concepts of fortification and partial interdiction have not been considered concurrently in previous studies. In this paper for the first time we added the fortification and partial interdiction concepts to interdiction problem, the reason is that in interdiction situations, defenders decide to protect some important facilities according to their budgets, and attackers like to destroy most unprotected facilities according to their resources and therefore to cripple the defenders systems.  Also, we use the advantages of credibility-based fuzzy mathematical programming and introduce an integrated model based on uncertainty contexts. In this bi-objective model decision maker gives satisfaction degrees for constraints and then we use the interactive possibility model to solve the bi-objective model with varying confidence levels. These confidence levels specify the knowledge of attacker and defender about themselves. Also, we propose genetic algorithm (GA) to solve the suggested model. In the experiments, we generate problem instances and solve them with multi-objective mixed-integer non-linear programming (MOMINLP) and the proposed genetic algorithm for various settings.
Keywords :
Facility interdiction; Fortification; Fuzzy mathematical programming; Chance constrained programming; Multi-objective mixed-integer non-linear programming (MOMINLP); Genetic algorithm
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A Method for Multi-attribute Group Decision Making with Triangular Intuitionistic Fuzzy Numbers and Application to Trustworthy Service Selection
2017
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The trustworthy service selection is a typical multi-attribute group decision making (MAGDM) problem. The aim of this paper is to develop a novel method for MAGDMwithtriangular intuitionistic fuzzy numbers (TIFNs) and apply to the trustworthy service selectionproblem.Firstly, we define the mean-index, variance-index and standard deviation of TIFN. And a new distance measure of TIFNs is proposed and corresponding proofs are given. Based on these concepts of mean-index and standard deviation, a ranking method for TIFNs is developed considering the risk preferenceof decision maker (DM). Further, according to the crisp relative closeness coefficient matrix with respect to the normalized TIFNs decision matrix, we use entropy measure to obtain attribute weights. The DMs weights are calculated by the similarity between the individual decisions and the average decisions. Then, a decision procedure is described to solve the MAGDM under triangular intuitionistic fuzzy environment. Finally, a real trustworthy service selection example is analyzed to verify the practicality and effectiveness of the developed method.
Keywords :
Trustworthy service selection; Multi-attribute group decision making; triangular intuitionistic fuzzy numbers; mean-index; variance-index; relative closeness coefficient
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Reliability analysis of a warm standby repairable system with two cases of imperfect switching mechanism
2017
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This paper studies a warm standby repairable system including two dissimilar units, one repairman and imperfect switching mechanism. Times to failure and times to repair of active and standby units are assumed to be exponentially distributed. Two cases of unreliable switching mechanism are considered. In case one, the failed active unit will be replaced by the available warm standby unit with coverage probability. However, in case two, the switching mechanism is repairable and its failure time and repair time are also exponentially distributed. Using Markov process and Laplace transforms, the explicit expressions of the mean time to failure, MTTF, and the steady state availability of the two systems are derived analytically. Finally, by solving a numerical example, comparison of the two systems are made based on various reliability and availability characteristics. Moreover, sensitivity analyses of the reliability and availability indexes with respect to the model parameters are accomplished. 
Keywords :
Markov process; Switching mechanisms; Reliability; MTTF; Steady state availability
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A Benders decomposition algorithm for multi-factory scheduling problem with batch delivery
2017
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The multi-factory supply chain problem is investigated to determine the production and transportation scheduling of jobs which are allowed to be transported by batches. This is a mixed-integer optimization problem, which could be challenging to solve. The problem incorporates two parts: (1) assigning jobs to appropriate batch, and (2) scheduling jobs of batches for production and transportation. Based on the problem structure and because of its NP-hardness characteristics, Benders decomposition is recognized as a suitable approach. This approach decomposes the problem into assignment master problem and scheduling sub-problem. This would facilitate the solution procedure. By comparing performance of the proposed algorithm with an exact approach: Branch and Bound, It is achieved that it is able to find the near optimal solution in smaller computational times than the Branch and Bound.
Keywords :
Multi-factory scheduling; Batch delivery; Benders decomposition; Mixed-integer programming
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A new model to optimize the knowledge exchange in industrial cluster: A case study of Semnan plaster production industrial cluster
2017
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Industrial clusters bring member firms the opportunities and advantages to save resources and increase competitiveness through cooperation and joint activities. One of these opportunities is knowledge exchange, using shared resources. If cluster firms want to create knowledge directly or acquire it from out of cluster, it is necessary to spend much money and time. The aim is to maximize knowledge transfer between firms of a cluster regarding the limitation of budget and time, using existing knowledge flow networks. This problem is formulated with a new model of mixed integer programming and solved by the CPLEX solver for Semnan plaster production industrial clusters. The results of sensitivity analysis show that knowledge transfer is much more influenced by budget than time constraints. The results help cluster managers to have a better understanding, regarding the available resources and business conditions, to maximize the results obtained from knowledge transfer process in industrial cluster members.
Keywords :
Knowledge exchange, Optimization, Industrial cluster, New mathematical model, Organizational social relationships
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Single machine scheduling problem with convex multi-resource dependent processing times and job deadlines
2017
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In this paper, the single machine scheduling problem with convex multi-resource dependent processing times, subject to meeting job deadlines is considered. The objective is to minimize the total cost, including the resource allocation costs and the fixed costs. We assume that the actual processing time of each job (task) is a function of the amount of resources allocated. Therefore, the decision variables of the model are: 1) resources allocated to the jobs, 2) total consumed resources, 3) processing times of the jobs, and 4) start/completion times of the jobs. We reformulate and solve the problem using a posynomial geometric programming model. In the proposed exact solution method based on the geometric programming, the original problem of any size is reduced to a two-variable unconstrainted optimization problem which can be easily solved by a simple grid search.
Keywords :
Scheduling, Single machine scheduling problem, Convex multi-resource dependent processing times, Job deadlines, Posynomial geometric programming.
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Model and optimization of the multi-objective single-buyer multi-vendor integrated inventory problem with multiple quantity discounts
2017
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This paper deals with a multi-objective integrated inventory model to coordinate a two-stage supply chain including a single buyer and multiple vendors. The earlier work on the problem is limited to consider only one type of discount. This paper extends the problem under the multiple quantity discount environment. We try to minimize the system cost, the number of defective items, the number of late delivered items and maximize the total purchasing value. Numerical examples are presented to provide some insights about the proposed model and different discount schemes. Results obtained from sensitivity analysis show that changes in unit prices have a relatively large effect on the objective function and as the upper bounds of discount intervals are reduced, the value of objective function decreases. It also seen that the order quantity from the suppliers increases as the number of suppliers offering all unit quantity discount increases. In addition, we use a solution approach that is not used by previous studies on this problem and the obtained results show that the DE algorithm, proposed in this study, outperforms the PSO proposed by Kamali et al. [1] in both solution quality and computational time.
Keywords :
Integrated inventory; Multi-vendor; Multiple discounts; Multi-objective
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A new optimization algorithm for parameter optimization of nano-finishing processes
2017
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Material removal rate and surface roughness are the most important performance measures in nano-finishing processes and these are largely influenced by the process parameters. The optimum combination of process parameters for nano-finishing processes is determined in this paper using a recently proposed optimization algorithm, named as Jaya algorithm. The results show the better performance of the Jaya algorithm over the other approaches attempted by the previous researchers such as genetic algorithm and desirability function approach for the same nano-finishing processes. The results obtained by the Jaya algorithm are useful for the real production systems.
Keywords :
Nano-finishing processes; Parameters optimization; Jaya algorithm
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