Accession Number : ADA016984

Title :   Development of Heuristic Procedures to Analyze the Production-Transportation Problem.

Descriptive Note : Technical manuscript,


Personal Author(s) : Worrel,Edward J. , III ; Hogg,Gary L.

Report Date : OCT 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 74

Abstract : A methodology has been developed to systematically analyze a production-transportation problem subject to stochastic demand. First the problem is transformed into a network flow equivalent. Then flow data are generated through a series of simulation runs, using a simulation program developed around the out-of-kilter algorithm, GASP II subroutines, and demand determined by Monte Carlo procedures. The data are then interpreted using developed procedures to determine plant market pairs which could be candidates for increase/decrease of flow depending on established conditions. An example problem is provided to demonstrate the usefulness of the methodology and the data available after a simulation run. The example problem has been constructed with production costs and transportation costs between any plant-market pair being nonlinear.

Descriptors :   *Management planning and control, *Industrial production, *Distribution theory, Inventory control, Transportation, Network flows, Cost analysis, Computerized simulation, Mathematical models, Decision making, Heuristic methods

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Operations Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE