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Professor at FEUP - Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Departamento de Engenharia e Gestão Industrial Researcher at INESC TEC

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2019

Optimal design of additive manufacturing supply chains

Authors
Basto, J; Ferreira, JS; Alcalá, SGS; Frazzon, E; Moniz, S;

Publication
Proceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management

Abstract
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is one of the most trending production technologies, with a growing number of companies looking forward to implementing it in their processes. Producing through AM not only means that there are no supplier lead times needed to account for, but also enables production closer to the end customer, reducing then the delivery time. This is especially true for companies with a wide range of low and variable demand products. This paper proposes a mixed integer linear programming (MILP) model for the optimal design of supply chains facing the introduction of AM processes. In the addressed problem, the 3D printers allocation to distribution centers (DC), that will make or customize parts, and the Suppliers-DC-Customers connections for each product need to be defined. The model aims at minimizing the supply chain costs, exploring the trade-offs between safety stock and stockout costs, and between buying and 3D printing a part. The main relevant characteristics of this model are the introduction of stock service levels as decision variables and the use of a linearization of the cumulative distribution function to account for demand uncertainty. A real-world problem from a maintenance provider is solved, showing the applicability of the model. © 2019, IEOM Society International.

2018

Multicriteria location-routing problems with sectorization

Authors
Martinho, A; Alves, E; Rodrigues, AM; Ferreira, JS;

Publication
Springer Proceedings in Mathematics and Statistics

Abstract
Logistic decisions involving the location of facilities in connection with vehicle routing appear in many contexts and applications. Given a set of potential distribution centers (DC) and a group of clients, the choice of which DC to open together with the design of a number of vehicle routes, satisfying clients’ demand, may define Location-Routing Problems (LRP). This paper contributes with a new method, the 4-Phase Method (4-PhM), to deal with Capacitated LRP. Relevant advantages of 4-PhM are its generality, the possibilities of handling Multiple-Criteria and of facing large dimension problems. This last aptitude is a consequence of the sectorization phases, which permit a simplification of the solution space. Sectors are constructed by two Simulated Annealing based procedures, and they follow SectorEl, a sectorization approach inspired by electrostatics. In the last phase, the results obtained are evaluated using multicriteria analysis. Here, decision makers play an important role by reflecting preferences in a pairwise comparison matrix of the Analytic Hierarchy Process. Computational results, based on randomly generated instances, confirm the expectations about 4-PhM and its potentiality to deal with LRP. © Springer International Publishing AG 2018.

2018

Balancing mixed-model assembly systems in the footwear industry with a variable neighbourhood descent method

Authors
Sadeghi, P; Rebelo, RD; Ferreira, JS;

Publication
COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING

Abstract
This paper addresses new Mixed-model Assembly Line Balancing Problems (MALBP) in a real industrial context, the stitching systems of a footwear company. The work is part of large ongoing projects with this industry, and the main purposes are minimising the number of required workstations and smoothing the operators' workload. The company has invested in new flexible automated assembly systems, which accommodate dozens of workstations and many moving boxes. Footwear components are inside boxes (with various quantities) which can move from the warehouses to a convenient workstation or between any workstations (in any order). This is a significant and distinct feature of the MALBP, together with the fact that the assignment of different skilled operators and machines is achieved simultaneously. An optimisation model is developed, in part to facilitate the understanding of the situation and to solve small-size instances. Due to the complexity of the problems, we had to devise an approximate method, based on the Variable Neighbourhood Descent (VND) metaheuristic and integrating an adaptation of the Ranked Positional Weighted (RPW) method. The adapted RPW method is used to create initial feasible solutions, while preassigning special operators and machines. After choosing good initial solutions, VND is applied to improve their quality. The new contributed method, named as RPW-VNDbal, is tested with medium and large instances, in two distinct stitching systems. A Lower Bound of the objective function and Simulation contribute to evaluate the solutions and their practicability. The results implemented by the project team, show that the RPW-VNDbal method is fast enough and offers better solutions than those implemented by the experienced operation managers of the company.

2017

Balancing a Mixed-Model Assembly System in the Footwear Industry

Authors
Sadeghi, P; Rebelo, RD; Soeiro Ferreira, J;

Publication
IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology

Abstract
Portuguese footwear industry has improved dramatically to become one of the main world players. This work is part of a project in cooperation with a large footwear company, operating a new automated assembly equipment, integrating various lines. Balancing such lines implies going from an almost manual preparation executed by experienced operators, to a planning supported by optimisation systems. These complex mixed-model lines have distinctive characteristics, which make balancing a unique problem. The paper proposes the ASBsm – Assembly System Balancing Solution Method, a new method that integrates a constructive heuristic and an improvement heuristic, which takes inspiration from Tabu Search. The solutions obtained, based on real instances, are quite encouraging when compared with other effected factory solutions. Consequently, the balances obtained by ASBsm are now being implemented and articulated with sequencing methods. © IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2017.

2015

Sectors and Routes in Solid Waste Collection

Authors
Rodrigues, AM; Soeiro Ferreira, JS;

Publication
Operational Research - CIM Series in Mathematical Sciences

Abstract

Supervised
thesis

2019

Planeamento de Rotas no Transporte de Alimentos em Projetos de Solidariedade Social

Author
Henrique Daniel Martins Correia

Institution
UP-FEUP

2019

Setorização no Desenho de Rotas - aplicação ao transporte de utentes não urgentes entre as suas residências e um centro hospitalar

Author
Tiago Gaspar Pereira

Institution
UP-FEUP

2019

Abordagens híbridas de "machine learning"/simulação para sistemas logísticos dinâmicos

Author
Vitor Hugo de Sousa Carneiro

Institution
UP-FEUP

2019

Modelos integrados de otimização/simulação para balanceamento de linhas de produção e alocação dinâmica de recursos

Author
Francisca Carvalho Pereira

Institution
UP-FEUP

2018

Desenho e Implementação de uma linha de montagem Lean

Author
Beatriz Lourenço Santos

Institution
UP-FEUP