Design of predictable production scheduling model using control theoretic approach

Sohyung Cho, Murat Erkoc

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As one of the most important planning and operational issues in manufacturing systems, production scheduling generally deals with allocating a set of resources over time to perform a set of tasks. Recently, control theoretic approaches based on nonlinear dynamics of continuous variables have been proposed to solve production scheduling problems as an alternative to traditional production scheduling methods that deal with decision-making components in discrete nature. The major goal of this paper is to improve predictability and performance of an existing scheduling model that employs the control theoretic approach, called distributed arrival time controller (DATC), to manage arrival times of parts using an integral controller. In this paper, we first review and investigate unique dynamic characteristics of the DATC in regards to convergence and chattering of arrival times. We then propose a new arrival time controller for the DATC that can improve predictability and performance in production scheduling. We call the new mechanism the double integral arrival-time controller (DIAC). We analyse unique characteristics of the DIAC such as oscillatory trajectory of arrival times, their oscillation frequency, and sequence visiting mechanism. In addition, we compare scheduling performance of the DIAC to the existing DATC model through computational experiments. The results show that the proposed system can be used as a mathematical and simulation model for designing adaptable manufacturing systems in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2975-2993
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Control theory
  • Double integral control
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Production scheduling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Strategy and Management


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