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The Hybrid Flexible Flowshop with Transportation Times

Authors Eddie Armstrong, Michele Garraffa, Barry O'Sullivan, Helmut Simonis

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Eddie Armstrong
  • Johnson & Johnson Research Centre, Limerick, Ireland
Michele Garraffa
  • Confirm SFI Research Centre for Smart Manufacturing, Limerick, Ireland
  • School of Computer Science, University College Cork, Ireland
Barry O'Sullivan
  • Confirm SFI Research Centre for Smart Manufacturing, Limerick, Ireland
  • School of Computer Science, University College Cork, Ireland
Helmut Simonis
  • Confirm SFI Research Centre for Smart Manufacturing, Limerick, Ireland
  • School of Computer Science, University College Cork, Ireland

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Eddie Armstrong, Michele Garraffa, Barry O'Sullivan, and Helmut Simonis. The Hybrid Flexible Flowshop with Transportation Times. In 27th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming (CP 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 210, pp. 16:1-16:18, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)


This paper presents the hybrid, flexible flowshop problem with transportation times between stages, which is an extension of an existing scheduling problem that is well-studied in the literature. We explore different models for the problem with Constraint Programming, MILP, and local search, and compare them on generated benchmark problems that reflect the problem of the industrial partner. We then study two different factory layout design problems, and use the optimization tool to understand the impact of the design choices on the solution quality.

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  • Software and its engineering → Constraints
  • Computing methodologies → Planning and scheduling
  • Constraint Programming
  • scheduling
  • hybrid flowshop


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