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Record number 352362
Title An application of Special Ordered Sets to a periodic milk collection problem
Author(s) Claassen, G.D.H.; Hendriks, T.H.B.
Source European Journal of Operational Research 180 (2007)2. - ISSN 0377-2217 - p. 754 - 769.
Department(s) Operations Research and Logistics
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2007
Keyword(s) vehicle-routing problem
Abstract We present an OR-based approach to support a milk collection problem in a special branch of dairy industry. The annual growth of the sector and the continuous imbalance between milk supply and demand, has urged the sector to look for a different approach to their daily milk collection problem. Specific details of the problem environment (i.e., the continuous production on supply level and the delivery conditions on demand level) gave rise to choose for a short- to medium-term planning approach. The proposed decision support system has to be considered as an efficient tool for generating stable milk collection plans which in turn also serves as an effective starting point for the vehicle routing problem. From a computational point of view it turned out that the application of Special Ordered Sets type 1 (SOS1) was very useful. Although it appears from literature that the computational advantage of SOS1 is restricted to supplementary model conditions, this study shows that these conditions are not necessarily needed
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