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Computer integrated manufacturing systems,


Industrial Engineering | Mechanical Engineering


In this paper, a multi-period cell loading problem is addressed, where the objectives are to minimise the number of tardy jobs (nT) in a multi-period planning horizon and optimise the scheduling of tardy jobs. Three cell loading and job scheduling strategies are proposed and tested with two newly developed mixed integer programming models. Additionally, three types of due dates (tight, medium and loose) and three different demand levels were considered. Finally, two tardy job assignment methods were proposed to observe the impact on nT. Case problems were solved based on minimising nT, Tmax and total tardiness (TT) objectives and cost sensitivity analysis was performed. Results indicated that, the first strategy, (early start allowance and tardy job assignment after each period) performed better in terms of nT. For the secondary objectives, tradeoffs were observed among different strategies depending on the type of due date, demand level and tardy job assignment method.


This is the authors' accepted version of the article published in International Journal of Advanced Operations Management. The published version can be found at



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Egilmez, G., & Süer, G. A. (2015). Multi-period cell loading and job sequencing in a cellular manufacturing system. International Journal of Advanced Operations Management, 7(2), 98-113.