Many real scheduling problems are often much more complex than problems that are analytically tractable. The main difficulty in obtaining optimal job schedules arises from the existence of sequence dependent setup times among jobs and job release times. In this paper, we present a restricted tabu search algorithm that schedules jobs on parallel machines in order to minimise the maximum lateness of the jobs. The jobs have release times and due dates, and sequence-dependent setup times exist between the jobs. The parallel machines are either identical or non-identical in terms of the processing times of the jobs. The restricted tabu search algorithm employs a restricted search with the elimination of non-effective job moves, for finding the best neighbourhood schedule. The restricted search algorithm reduces search effort significantly while obtaining good quality final schedule. The experimental results show that the proposed algorithm obtains much better solutions more quickly than other heuristic algorithms such as the Rolling Horizon Procedure (RHP) heuristic, the basic tabu search and simulated annealing.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology|
|Publication status||Published - 2003 Nov 5|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering