A manufacturing supply chain optimization model for distilling process

Jiangtao Mo, Liqun Qi, Zengxin Wei

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In this paper, the model of an integrated manufacturing supply chain where multiple products are manufactured across multiple manufacturing plants with distilling process is considered. This kind of supply chain often arises in such manufacturing scenarios where the products are distilled from one raw material. To solve the problem, we reformulate it as a minimum cost flow problem plus several bounded variables. Based on this reformulation, we show that the basis of the reformulated problem is closely related with the minimum cost flow problem and design a kind of network simplex method to get the integrated optimal solution of the problem. The efficiency of the method is also tested by our numerical experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-485
Number of pages22
JournalApplied Mathematics and Computation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005


  • Distilling process
  • Minimum cost flow
  • Network simplex algorithm
  • Optimization model
  • Supply chain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Numerical Analysis


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