In this study, we propose a hybrid genetic algorithm (HGA) to solve the economic lot scheduling problem in flow shops. The proposed HGA utilizes a so-called Proc PLM heuristic that tests feasibility for the candidate solutions obtained in the evolutionary process of genetic algorithm. When a candidate solution is infeasible, we propose to use a binary search heuristic to 'fix' the candidate solution so as to obtain a feasible solution with the minimal objective value. To evaluate the performance of the proposed HGA, we randomly generate a total of 2100 instances from seven levels of utilization rate ranged from 0.45 to 0.80. We solve each of those 2100 instances by the proposed HGA and the other solution approaches in the literature. Our experiments show that the proposed HGA outperforms traditional methods for solving the economic lot scheduling problem in flow shops.
- Genetic algorithms
- Lot scheduling