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European Journal of Operational Research 205 (2010) 237–246

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Invited Review

Architecture of manufacturing scheduling systems: Literature review and an integrated proposal
Jose M. Framinan a, Rubén Ruiz b,* a b

Industrial Management, School of Engineering, University of Seville, Ave. Descubrimientos s/n, E41092 Seville, Spain Grupo de Sistemas de Optimización Aplicada, Instituto Tecnológico de Informática, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Camino de Vera s/n, 46021 Valencia, Spain

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This paper deals with the development of customised and realistic manufacturing scheduling systems. More specifically, we focus onto a key element that may help driving their efficient design and implementation: i.e., the set of building blocks that should include a generic scheduling system and its interconnections, a set collectively known as the architecture of a system. To do so, we first analyse existing contributions on the topic together with papers describing different functional requirements of scheduling systems. These contributions are then discussed and classified, and a modular architecture for manufacturing scheduling systems is proposed. This proposal updates, extends and refines the well-known architecture proposed earlier by Pinedo and Yen’s [Pinedo, M.L., Yen, B.P.-C., 1997. On the design and development of object-oriented scheduling systems. Annals of Operations Research 70 (1), 359–378], and serves to integrate the different requirements identified in the literature review. Ó 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Article history: Received 20 April 2009 Accepted 17 September 2009 Available online 24 September 2009 Keywords: Scheduling systems Architecture Functional requirements

1. Introduction While the literature on manufacturing scheduling models and solution



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