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Application of fuzzy sets to manufacturing/distribution planning decisions in supply chains. (English) Zbl 1208.90008
Summary: In the real-world manufacturing/distribution planning decision (MDPD) integration problems in supply chains, the environmental coefficients and parameters are normally imprecise due to incomplete and/or unavailable information. This work presents a fuzzy linear programming approach based on the possibility theory. It applies this approach to solve multi-product and multi-time period MDPD problems with imprecise goals and forecast demand by considering the time value of money of related operating cost categories. The proposed approach attempts to minimize the total manufacturing and distribution costs by considering the levels of inventory, subcontracting and backordering, the available machine capacity and labor levels at each source, forecast demand and available warehouse space at each destination. This study utilizes an industrial case study to demonstrate the feasibility of applying the proposed approach to practical MDPD problems. The primary contribution of this paper is a fuzzy mathematical programming methodology for solving the MDPD integration problems in uncertain environments.

MSC:
90B05 Inventory, storage, reservoirs
90C05 Linear programming
90C70 Fuzzy and other nonstochastic uncertainty mathematical programming
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