Balancing and scheduling in extended manufacturing environment

H. M. Emrul Kays 1, A. N. M. Karim 1, M. L. R. Varela 2 * , A. S. Santos 2, A. M. Madureira 3

J INFORM SYSTEMS ENG, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp. 55-63.

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In the fiercely competitive era induced by expansion of open business archetypes, the managerial aspects of Extended Manufacturing Environments (EMEs) are experiencing growing concerns. There is no scope of leaving a possible operational improvement unexplored. For enhanced operational efficiency and capacity utilization the balancing and scheduling problems of EMEs are, therefore, rightfully considered and an integer programme is proposed in this paper. The model is designed in a spread sheet and solved through What’sBest optimizer. The model capabilities are assessed through a test problem. The results have demonstrated that the model is capable of defining optimized production schedules for EMEs.


extended manufacturing environments, balancing and scheduling approaches, integer programming


Emrul Kays, H. M., Karim, A. N. M., Varela, M. L. R., Santos, A. S., and Madureira, A. M. (2016). Balancing and scheduling in extended manufacturing environment. Journal of Information Systems Engineering & Management, 1(1), pp. 55-63.

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