It was also determined that minimizing the makespan which is the time required to produce all daily requirements would b It was also determined that minimizing the makespan which is the time required to produce all daily requirements would be the best objective since this would also maximize as well as balance machine utilization. A detailed simulation model was then constructed using a specialized language called SLAM. In addition to the process plans required to specify the actual machining of the various part types, this model also accounted for a number of factors such as material handling, tool handling and fixturing. Several alternatives were then simulated to observe how the system would perform and it was determined that a fairly simple set of heuristic scheduling rules could yield near optimal schedules for which the machine utilizations were almost 85 . However, what was more interesting was that this study also showed that the stability of the schedule was strongly dependent on the efficiency with which the cutting tools used by the machines could be managed. In fact, as tool quality starts to deteriorate the system starts to get more and more unstable and the schedule starts to fall behind due dates.Fassilia United States. Alabama
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StarBlend is an extension of OMEGA to a multiperiod planning environment where optimal decisions could be made over a l StarBlend is an extension of OMEGA to a multiperiod planning environment where optimal decisions could be made over a longer planning horizon as opposed to a single period. In addition to blend quality constraints, the optimization model also incorporates inventory and material balance constraints for each period in the planning horizon. The optimizer uses an algebraic modeling language called GAMS and a nonlinear solver called MINOS, along with a relational database system for managing data. The whole system resides within a userfriendly interface and in addition to immediate blend planning it can also be used to analyze various whatif scenarios for the future and for longterm planning. At Caterpillar, a preliminary analysis showed that the FMS was being underutilized and the objective of the project was to define a good production schedule that would improve utilization and free up more time to produce additional parts. In the orientation phase it was determined that the environment was much too complex to represent it accurately through a mathematical model, and therefore simulation was selected as an alternative modeling approach.Fassilia United States. Alabama
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It works by breaking up the overall problem into smaller, more manageable problems by using a heuristic decomposition ap It works by breaking up the overall problem into smaller, more manageable problems by using a heuristic decomposition approach. Mathematical models within the problem are solved using linear programming along with concepts from material requirements planning. The entire system interfaces with sophisticated databases allowing for forecasting, quotation and order entry, materials and dynamic information on capacities. Harris estimates that this system has increased ontime deliveries from 75 to 95 with no increase in inventories, helped it move from 75 million in losses to 40 million in profits annually, and allowed it to plan its capital investments more efficiently. As an initial response to this complex problem, in the early to mid 1980 s Texaco developed a system called OMEGA. At the heart of this was a nonlinear optimization model which supported an interactive decision support system for optimally blending gasoline; this system alone was estimated to have saved Texaco about 30 million annually.Fassilia United States. Alabama
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The bottom line is that an O. The bottom line is that an O. project can be successful only if sufficient attention is paid to each of the seven steps of the process and the results are communicated to the endusers in an understandable form. Some examples of successful O. projects are now presented. In the orientation phase it was determined that the MRP type systems used by a number of its competitors would not be a satisfactory answer and a decision was made to develop a planning system that would meet Harris unique needs  the final result was IMPReSS, an automated production planning and delivery quotation system for the entire production network. The system is an impressive combination of heuristics as well as optimizationbased techniques.Fassilia United States. Alabama
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However, it is critical to maintain a problemdriven focus  the ultimate aim of an O. However, it is critical to maintain a problemdriven focus  the ultimate aim of an O. study is to implement a solution to the problem being analyzed. Building complex models that are ultimately intractable, or developing highly efficient solution procedures to models that have little relevance to the real world may be fine as intellectual exercises, but run contrary to the practical nature of operations research. Unfortunately, this fact has sometimes been forgotten. Another valid criticism is the fact that many analysts are notoriously poor at communicating the results of an O. project in terms that can be understood and appreciated by practitioners who may not necessarily have a great deal of mathematical sophistication or formal training in O.Fassilia United States. Alabama
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Waren, The Evolution of Texaco s Blending Systems From OMEGA to StarBlend, Interfaces , 25 5, pp. Waren, The Evolution of Texaco s Blending Systems From OMEGA to StarBlend, Interfaces , 25 5, pp.
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