The development and evaluation of a cost-based composite scheduling rule Academic Article uri icon


  • A cost-based composite scheduling rule is developed and evaluated in comparison with three other well-researched scheduling rules - SPT, S/OPN, and SST. This cost rule permits the optimization of more than one performance measure at a time. The priority number that is used for scheduling operations through each machine group is based on four separate performance measures - (1) In-process Inventory, (2) Facilities Utilization, (3) Lateness, and (4) Mean Setup Time. The factorial experimental design involved three factor levels of loads, three factor levels of cost, and three factor levels of mean time. Analysis of variance was performed on each of the five output measures to study the effects of each of the three factors on each individual rule. Rank-order comparisons between rules were also made; and, finally, general conclusions with regard to the effectiveness and flexibility of the Cost Rule were drawn.

published proceedings

  • Naval Research Logistics Quarterly

author list (cited authors)

  • Aggarwal, S. C., & McCarl, B. A.

citation count

  • 19

complete list of authors

  • Aggarwal, Sumer C||McCarl, Bruce A

publication date

  • March 1974