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Complex Operational and Organizational Problems

PROJECT: Optimization in the Textile Industry: Yarn Scheduling

Dr. Dean S. Hartley III

Project Metadata Keywords
Label Name Other Year DurationYrs
Client Milliken & Co. polyester yarn Milliken & Co.
Dates 1978 0.25
Employer Milliken Inc
Partner N/A
Pubs Texturing Capacity Allocation Model programmer 1979
Financial analysis
Industrial issues
Inventory control
Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP)
Software issues

The content of an industrial optimization problem includes the technical issues of optimization and the practical issue of forming the operational problem into an optimization problem. Naturally, a successful resolution requires competency with regard to the technical issues; however, the major requirement is an understanding of the underlying operations. The application of linear programming to the loom planning process in the textile industry provides an illustration. 

Following the success of the loom planning model, I was asked to look at the allocation of texturing capacity in the production of texturized polyester yarn.  The technical details of the manufacturing processes were different; however, the broad concept and results were the same.

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