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Minimizing the mean tardiness by integrating the production and distribution planning

Grant number: 13/21166-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2014
Effective date (End): February 28, 2015
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Production Engineering
Principal Investigator:Roberto Fernandes Tavares Neto
Grantee:Leonardo Asano
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia (CCET). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


Both scheduling and vehicle routing problems have been proved to be extremely relevant both on the theoretical and practical fields. However, a few number of researches was published about the integration of those two problems. A preliminary bibliographic review shows that this integration, although can bring a significantly large complexity for those problems, can generate extreme relevant results in real-world scenarios. The objective of this project proposal is to study how this integration can be used to minimize the mean tardiness in an integrated production-distribution system. To perform this analysis, two approaches will be used: mathematical programming and a heuristic. The main goals are: (i) obtain a mathematical model to solve the problem; (ii) to generate a set of public benchmarks; (iii) to elaborate a heuristic strategy to solve larger instances of the problem.