Production flexibility is essential for industrial companies that have to deal with seasonal demand. Human resources are one of the main sources of flexibility. Annualising working hours (i.e., the possibility of irregularly distributing the total number of working hours over the course of a year) is a tool that provides organisations with flexibility; it enables a firm to adapt production capacity to fluctuations in demand. However, it can involve a worsening of the staff’s working conditions. To take this into account, the planning and scheduling of working time should comply with constraints derived from the law or from a collective bargaining agreement. Thus, new and more difficult working-time and production planning and scheduling problems are arising. This paper proposes two mixed-integer linear program models for solving the problem of planning the production, the working hours and the holiday weeks of the members of a human team operating in a multi-product process in which products are perishable, demand can be deferred and temporary workers are hired to stand in for employees. The results of a computational experiment are presented.
CitationCorominas, A.; Lusa, A.; Pastor, R. "Planning production and working time within an annualised hours scheme framework". Annals of Operations Research, 2007. Vol. 155, No. 1, p. 5-23.
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