Single Item Lot-Sizing with Nondecreasing Capacities

We consider the single item lot-sizing problem with capacities that are non-decreasing over time. When the cost function is i) non-speculative or Wagner-Whitin (for instance, constant unit production costs and non-negative unit holding costs), and ii) the production set-up costs are non-increasing over time, it is known that the minimum cost lot-sizing problem is polynomially solvable using dynamic programming. When the capacities are non-decreasing, we derive a compact mixed integer programming reformulation whose linear programming relaxation solves the lot-sizing problem to optimality when the objective function satisfies i) and ii). The formulation is based on mixing set relaxations and reduces to the (known) convex hull of solutions when the capacities are constant over time. We illustrate the use and effectiveness of this improved LP formulation on a few test instances, including instances with and without Wagner-Whitin costs, and with both non-decreasing and arbitrary capacities over time.


CORE Discussion Paper June 2007/48, Universite catholique de Louvain, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium



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