Production planning

industrial plantMany manufacturing companies produce a large catalog of products for their customers. Despite having different characteristics, several of these products are usually manufactured in a single production plan. For example, 3M’s chemical plant in Flanders produces hundreds of industrial coatings and adhesives, each of which with different characteristics and specifications. In these scenarios, companies have to carefully plan on a regular basis which products are manufactured in the plant and in which order. This should be done taking into account several considerations like the limited resources available, the operating conditions of the plant, the customers’ demand and the total production cost. Designing a plant and scheduling its production efficiently in a real-life environment represent major challenges.

Industrial partners

BASF

Publications

  • F. Verbiest, T. Cornelissens, and J. Springael, "Design of a chemical batch plant with parallel production lines: plant configuration and cost effectiveness," Computers and chemical engineering, vol. 99, pp. 21-30, 2017.
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    @article{verbiest2017design,
    title = {Design of a chemical batch plant with parallel production lines: plant configuration and cost effectiveness},
    author = {Verbiest, Floor and Cornelissens, Trijntje and Springael, Johan},
    journal = {Computers and Chemical Engineering},
    pages = {21--30},
    volume = {99},
    year = {2017},
    doi = {10.1016/j.compchemeng.2016.12.013},
    keywords = {production planning},
    }
  • A. Hill, T. Cornelissens, and K. Sörensen, "Efficient multi-product multi-bom batch scheduling for a petrochemical blending plant with a shared pipeline network," Computers & chemical engineering, vol. 84, pp. 493-506, 2016.
    [PDF] [DOI] [Bibtex]
    @article{hill2016efficient,
    title = {Efficient multi-product multi-BOM batch scheduling for a petrochemical blending plant with a shared pipeline network},
    journal = {Computers & Chemical Engineering},
    volume = {84},
    number = {},
    pages = {493 - 506},
    year = {2016},
    doi = {10.1016/j.compchemeng.2015.09.015},
    author = {Hill, Alessandro and Cornelissens, Trijntje and Sörensen, Kenneth},
    }