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|Title:||ILP model for energy-efficient production scheduling of flake ice units in food retail stores|
|Authors:||António Galrão Ramos|
|Abstract:||This paper presents an integer linear programming (ILP) model to minimise the total energy-cost of a flake ice production unit in food retail stores. This work is based on a real problem in a Portuguese food retail company, where flake ice in necessary throughout the day in order to maintain fresh fish on the shelves at ideal temperature conditions and humidity levels. The proposed approach aims to provide an energy-efficient scheduling of the production to periods with a lower energy cost, as well as to reduce water consumption, by producing the exact quantities required at the right time, minimising waste. The model was tested on a set of real-world instances from the retail company, and on a set of randomly generated instances. The procedure used to create these instances is presented in the paper. For the sets of tested instances, the results show that the model is strong when compared to the lower bounds provided by the linear programming relaxation of the model. The results from the set of real instances show that it is possible to achieve an energy-efficient scheduling of the production which translates in an average annual cost savings of 34.3% for the stores.|
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