Category Archives: C Manufacturing

Building Fighter Aircraft


Most scheduling tools are intended for operational use, to control the sequence of production in a factory on a day-to-day basis. The MOSES application described before is a good example of such an operational tool. The PLANE system described in … Continue reading

Posted in 1992, 30 Manufacture of other transport equipment, 30.3 Manufacture of air and space craft, C Manufacturing, CHIP, CP Conference, ECLiPSe, Practical Applications Conferences, product/multiple installations, Scheduling | Leave a comment

Car Sequencing


Henry Ford is often quoted as saying: “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.” In the early years of using assembly lines for his model T, uniformity of product … Continue reading

Posted in 1988, 29 Manufacture of vehicles and trailers, 29.1 Manufacture of motor vehicles, benchmark, C Manufacturing, CHIP, ECAI, Scheduling | Leave a comment

PS Plate Manufacturing


I was involved in this project for Mitsubishi Chemical in Japan, but the project was still ongoing when I left COSYTEC. The initial design for the CHIP part of the system was done by Gregor Baues and myself. I’m basing … Continue reading

Posted in 2002, 25 Fabricated metal products, 25.6 Treatment and coating of metals, C Manufacturing, CHIP, live application, Scheduling | Leave a comment

More on Crude Blend Optimization


I’ve got some feedback from careful readers noting that I did not explain the crude blending optimization problem very well. I thought I would get away with it 🙂  I’ll try to do better, becoming a bit more technical. By … Continue reading

Posted in 19 Coke and refined petroleum, 19.2 Refined petroleum products, C Manufacturing, CHIP, product/multiple installations, Scheduling | Leave a comment

Oil Refinery Scheduling


Oil refineries are quite likely the most complex factories for which I have ever developed constraint-based scheduling tools. They often consist of over 50 distinct processing units, each specialized for a particular task in converting crude oil into gasoline, kerosene … Continue reading

Posted in 19 Coke and refined petroleum, 19.2 Refined petroleum products, 1999, C Manufacturing, CHIP, product/multiple installations, Scheduling | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Production Planning and Scheduling for Monsanto


We developed the ATLAS application at COSYTEC together with our Belgian distributor OM-Partners for the Monsanto plant in Antwerp. The application was designed to plan and schedule the formulation and bottling of the Roundup product family. Roundup is a Glyphosate … Continue reading

Posted in 1995, 20 Manufacture of Chemicals, 20.2 Manufacture of pesticides and other agrocheminal products, C Manufacturing, CHIP, CP Conference, live application, Scheduling | Leave a comment

Poultry Transport Planning


In the food processing industry, poultry (chicken and turkeys) are grown on a large number of farms in the vicinity of the food factories. When the birds reach a certain age, they are transported to the factories, where they are … Continue reading

Posted in 10 Manufacturing of food products, 10.12 Poultry Processing, 2000, C Manufacturing, CHIP, live application, Personnel, Scheduling, Transport | Leave a comment