Abstract—Eggs are products subject to domestic supply and demand as well as for export. The demand tends to continually increase, resulting in insufficient production when compared to demand each year. Scheduling production in hen farms is therefore an important issue. Heuristic algorithms have thus been developed under this research study in order to minimize the total cost of egg production. Harvey M. Wagner and Thomson M. Whitin’s algorithm was applied in finding the right number of chicks. The solution was then used to allocate pullets and laying hens into houses with reference to the capacity of the slaughterhouse. The number of weeks of planning and the fluctuation of egg demand were the experimental design parameters. The findings indicated a 63% decrease in total cost when compared to the company’s current procedures. Scheduling of production at hen farms was suitable to the demands which fluctuate all the time at present. It could also be applied to plan for other age ranges of hens.
Index Terms—Production planning, heuristic algorithms, hen farm.
The authors are with the Department of Industrial Engineering, Khon Kaen University 40002,Thailand (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Kanchana Sethanan, Thitipong Jamrus, and Patthamaporn Boonthavee, "Solving Production Scheduling of Egg Production in Hen Farms with Capacity of Slaughterhouse by Heuristic Algorithms," International Journal of Engineering and Technology vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 50-53, 2013.