Heuristic for scheduling on nonidentical machines to minimize tardy jobs

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This paper considers the nonidentical parallel machine scheduling problem in which n jobs having different due dates are to be scheduled on m nonidentical parallel machines. Each job consists of a single operation with different processing times depending on the capability of machines. The objective is to schedule the jobs in such a way that the number of tardy jobs is as small as possible. Among several scheduling objectives, minimizing tardy jobs considered in this paper is more important in a make-to-order manufacturing environment because the penalty cost of a job lies whether the job is late or not, rather than how late job is. The proposed algorithm makes use of the concept of assignment problem based on the suitability measure between jobs and machines. A real life industrial application shows that the proposed algorithm is superior to the existing ones for the number of tardy jobs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-194
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial Engineering : Theory Applications and Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Sept

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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