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Large neighbourhood search based on mixed integer programming and ant colony optimisation for car sequencing
journal contributionposted on 2020-05-02, 00:00 authored by Dhananjay ThiruvadyDhananjay Thiruvady, Kerri Morgan, A Amir, A T Ernst
© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. We investigate the problem of scheduling a sequence of cars to be placed on an assembly line. Stations, along the assembly line install options (e.g. air conditioning), but have limited capacities, and hence cars requiring the same options need to be distributed far enough apart. The desired separation is not always feasible, leading to an optimisation problem that minimises the violation of the ideal separation requirements. In order to solve the problem, we use a large neighbourhood search (LNS) based on mixed integer programming (MIP). The search is implemented as a sliding window, by selecting overlapping subsequences of manageable sizes, which can be solved efficiently. Our experiments show that, with LNS, substantial improvements in solution quality can be found.