by Alessandra Caggiano, Giuseppe Bruno, Roberto Teti
In this research paper, a novel approach to solve manufacturing scheduling problems based on the integration of optimisation and simulation tools is proposed. The advantages of this approach are illustrated with reference to a manufacturing scheduling case study. First, the optimisation model is formulated as an adaptation of the Capacitated Lot-Sizing Problem (CLSP). Then, a Discrete Event Simulation (DES) software is employed to verify the optimised solution and analyse its robustness taking into account uncertainties related to the processing times and arrival rates, and a heuristic method is applied to improve the initial solution.