Optimal Production Growth for the Machine Loading Problem, Naval Research Logistics Quarterly
This paper investigates a production growth logistics system for the machine loading problem (generalized transportation model), with a linear cost structure and minimum levels on total machine hours (resources) and product types (demands). An algorithm is provided for tracing the production growth path of this system, viz. in determining the optimal machine loading schedule of machines for product types, when the volumes of (i) total machine hours, and (ii) the total amount of product types are increased either individually for each total or simultaneously for both. Extensions of this methodology, when (i) the costs of production are convex and piecewise linear, and (ii) when the costs are nonconvex due to quantity discounts, and (iii) when there are upper bounds for productions are also discussed. Finally, a goal-programming production growth model where the specified demands are treated as just goals and not as absolute quantities to be satisfied is also considered.
Balachandran, Bala. 1975. Optimal Production Growth for the Machine Loading Problem. Naval Research Logistics Quarterly. 22(3): 593-607.