In this paper, we study the scheduling problem for a customized production system consisting of a flow shop production line with a parallel assembly stage that produces various products in two stages. In the first stage of the production line, parts are produced using a flow shop production line, and in the second stage, products are assembled on one of the parallel assembly lines. The objective is to minimize the time required to complete all goods (makespan) using efficient scheduling. A mathematical model is developed; however, the model is NP-hard and cannot be solved in a reasonable amount of time. To solve this NP-hard problem, we propose two well-known metaheuristics and a hybrid algorithm. To calibrate and improve the performance of our algorithms, we employ the Taguchi method. We evaluate the performance of our hybrid algorithm with the two well-known methods of Genetic Algorithm (GA) and Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) and demonstrate that our hybrid algorithm outperforms both the GA and PSO approaches in terms of efficiency.
Jabbari, Mona; Tavana, Madjid; Fattahi, Parviz; and Daneshamooz, Fatemeh, "A parameter tuned hybrid algorithm for solving flow shop scheduling problems with parallel assembly stages" (2022). Business Systems and Analytics Faculty Work. 31.
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