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Simultaneous Considering of Machine Availability Constraint, Sequence Dependent Setup Time and Ready Time in a No-wait Hybrid Flow Shop Scheduling Problem to Minimize Mean Tardiness

International Journal of Computer Applications
Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Year of Publication: 2017
Rahmanidoust Mohammad, Zheng Jianguo, Rabiee Meysam

Rahmanidoust Mohammad, Zheng Jianguo and Rabiee Meysam. Simultaneous Considering of Machine Availability Constraint, Sequence Dependent Setup Time and Ready Time in a No-wait Hybrid Flow Shop Scheduling Problem to Minimize Mean Tardiness. International Journal of Computer Applications 169(7):30-37, July 2017. BibTeX

	author = {Rahmanidoust Mohammad and Zheng Jianguo and Rabiee Meysam},
	title = {Simultaneous Considering of Machine Availability Constraint, Sequence Dependent Setup Time and Ready Time in a No-wait Hybrid Flow Shop Scheduling Problem to Minimize Mean Tardiness},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	issue_date = {July 2017},
	volume = {169},
	number = {7},
	month = {Jul},
	year = {2017},
	issn = {0975-8887},
	pages = {30-37},
	numpages = {8},
	url = {},
	doi = {10.5120/ijca2017914789},
	publisher = {Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA},
	address = {New York, USA}


This paper deal with the problem of no-wait hybrid flow shop which sequence dependent setup times, ready time and machine availability constraint. Minimizing the mean tardiness is considered as the objective to develop the optimal scheduling algorithm. To do so, an efficient hybrid imperialist competitive algorithm (HICA) is proposed to tackle this problem. Our proposed algorithm is compared to other solution approaches reported on the literature. For this purpose, we draw an analogy between the results obtained from algorithms applied to some random case study. To achieve reliable results, Taguchi approach is used to define robust parameters' values for our proposed algorithm. The superiority and effectiveness of our proposed algorithm is inferred from all the results obtained in various situations.


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No-wait; Scheduling; Hybrid flow shop; Meta-heuristic algorithms; Imperialist competitive algorithm.