Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Manufacturing Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Jianzhi Li

Second Advisor

Dr. Miguel A. Gonzalez

Third Advisor

Dr. Douglas Timmer


Increasing number of manufacturers are developing remanufacturing facilities to recover end-of-life products for product/component reuse and material recycling while the high uncertainty pattern of returned products complicates the production planning. In this thesis a stochastic production priority optimization method, considering various priority concerns for remanufacturing systems is developed. Priority ranking and matching algorithm is developed to determine the priority rule, using thirteen weighting factors. Queueing models are developed to formulate the objective function, a genetic algorithm is then developed to search optimal solution under different business configurations. Result of this research will provide insights to priority assignment mechanism, which in turn provides support to manufacturers in decision-making in production planning thus improving the performance of remanufacturing systems.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Manufacturing Commons