Improved Lower Bounds for the Capacitated Lot Sizing Problem with Set Up Times
24 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2006
Date Written: June 2003 5,
We present new lower bounds for the Capacitated Lot Sizing Problem with Set Up Times. We improve the lower bound obtained by the textbook Dantzig-Wolfe decomposition where the capacity constraints are the linking constraints. In our approach, Dantzig-Wolfe decomposition is applied to the network reformulation of the problem. The demand constraints are the linking constraints and the problem decomposes into subproblems per period containing the capacity and set up constraints. We propose a customized branch-and-bound algorithm for solving the subproblem based on its similarities with the Linear Multiple Choice Knapsack Problem. Further we present a Lagrange Relaxation algorithm for finding this lower bound. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that computational results are presented for this decomposition and a comparison of our lower bound to other lower bounds proposed in the literature indicates its high quality.
Keywords: capacitated lot sizing, Dantzig-Wolfe decomposition, Lagrange relaxation, lower bounds
JEL Classification: M, M11, R4, C61
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