Shift scheduling for a maintenance workshop
CITATION: Sinclair, M. & Muller, L. 1990. Shift scheduling for a maintenance workshop. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 4(1):18-29, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.7166/4-1-432.
The original publication is available at http://sajie.journals.ac.za
A big passenger transport company experienced problems with the utilization of their maintenance crews. Large amounts of overtime were logged, while at the same time a lot of idle time was experienced. This paper describes the development on a microcomputer of a Decision Support System (DSS) to improve their shift scheduling. Central to the DSS is a heuristic algorithm which generates shift schedules. This algorithm is easy to understand and provides good results, while it solves the real life problem rapidly on a microcomputer.
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