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Aggregate production planning in the automotive industry with special consideration of workforce flexibility. (English) Zbl 1356.90078
Summary: We present a new mixed integer linear programming approach for the problem of aggregate production planning of flowshop production lines in the automotive industry. Our model integrates production capacity planning and workforce flexibility planning. In contrast to traditional approaches, it considers discrete capacity adaptations which originate from technical characteristics of assembly lines as well as from work regulations and shift planning. In particular, our approach takes change costs into account and explicitly represents a working time account via a linear approximation. A solution framework containing different primal heuristics and preprocessing techniques is embedded into a decision support system. Finally, we present an illustrative case study and computational results on problem instances of practically relevant complexity.

MSC:
90B90 Case-oriented studies in operations research
90B30 Production models
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