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A heuristic approach for big bucket multi-level production planning problems

Akartunali, Kerem and Miller, Andrew (2009) A heuristic approach for big bucket multi-level production planning problems. European Journal of Operational Research, 193 (2). pp. 396-411. ISSN 0377-2217

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Abstract

Multi-level production planning problems in which multiple items compete for the same resources frequently occur in practice, yet remain daunting in their difficulty to solve. In this paper, we propose a heuristic framework that can generate high quality feasible solutions quickly for various kinds of lot-sizing problems. In addition, unlike many other heuristics, it generates high quality lower bounds using strong formulations, and its simple scheme allows it to be easily implemented in the Xpress-Mosel modeling language. Extensive computational results from widely used test sets that include a variety of problems demonstrate the efficiency of the heuristic, particularly for challenging problems.