Simultaneous Optimization of Storage Allocation and Routing Problems for Belt-conveyor Transportation
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Raw materials for industrial steel-making plants need to be stored in material yards in order to satisfy various production requirements. The stored materials are supplied to production plants by belt-conveyors with multiple alternative transportation routes. The simultaneous optimization of the storage allocation and transportation routing for the raw materials yard is required for achieving production that is flexible to changes in demand. In this paper, we propose a Lagrangian decomposition and coordination approach for storage allocation and routing for a belt-conveyor transportation system to handle demand changes. The overall problem is decomposed into an allocation planning subproblem and a transportation routing subproblem. A near-optimal solution for allocation planning and transportation routing is derived by repeating each optimization of subproblems and multiplier updates. The effectiveness of the proposed approach is confirmed in numerical experiments.
- Journal of Advanced Mechanical Design, Systems, and Manufacturing
Journal of Advanced Mechanical Design, Systems, and Manufacturing 1(2), 250-261, 2007
The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers