Integrated production planning and scheduling optimization of multisite, multiproduct process industry

Nikisha K. Shah, Marianthi G. Ierapetritou

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The current manufacturing environment for process industry has changed from a traditional single-site, single market to a more integrated global production mode where multiple sites are serving a global market. In this paper, the integrated planning and scheduling problem for the multisite, multiproduct batch plants is considered. The major challenge for addressing this problem is that the corresponding optimization problem becomes computationally intractable as the number of production sites, markets, and products increases in the supply chain network. To effectively deal with the increasing complexity, the block angular structure of the constraints matrix is exploited by relaxing the inventory constraints between adjoining time periods using the augmented Lagrangian decomposition method. To resolve the issues of non-separable cross-product terms in the augmented Lagrangian function, we apply diagonal approximation method. Several examples have been studied to demonstrate that the proposed approach yields significant computational savings compared to the full-scale integrated model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)214-226
Number of pages13
JournalComputers and Chemical Engineering
StatePublished - Feb 10 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications


  • Augmented Lagrangian relaxation
  • Continuous time formulation
  • Decomposition method
  • Multisite production
  • Planning and scheduling integration


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