In Situ Column Generation for a Cutting-Stock Problem

Working with an integer bilinear programming formulation of a one-dimensional cutting-stock problem, we develop an ILP-based local-search heuristic. The ILPs holistically integrate the master and subproblem of the usual price driven pattern-generation paradigm, resulting in a unified model that generates new patterns in situ. We work harder to generate new columns, but we are guaranteed that new columns give us an integer linear-programming improvement. The method is well suited to practical restrictions such as when a limited number of cutting patterns should be employed, and our goal is to generate a profile of solutions trading off trim loss against the number of patterns utilized. We describe our implementation and results of computational experiments on instances from a chemical-fiber company.


IBM Research Report RC23589



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