Review of job shop scheduling research and its new perspectives under Industry 4.0

Jian Zhang, Guofu Ding, Yisheng Zou, Sheng-feng Qin, Jianlin Fu

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Traditional job shop scheduling is concentrated on centralized scheduling or semi-distributed scheduling. Under the Industry 4.0, the scheduling should deal with a smart and distributed manufacturing system supported by novel and emerging manufacturing technologies such as mass customization, Cyber-Physics Systems, Digital Twin, and SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud). The scheduling research needs to shift its focus to smart distributed scheduling modeling and optimization. In order to transferring traditional scheduling into smart distributed scheduling (SDS), we aim to answer two questions: (1) what traditional scheduling methods and techniques can be combined and reused in SDS and (2) what are new methods and techniques required for SDS. In this paper, we first review existing researches from over 120 papers and answer the first question and then we explore a future research direction in SDS and discuss the new techniques for developing future new JSP scheduling models and constructing a framework on solving the JSP problem under Industry 4.0.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1809-1830
JournalJournal of Intelligent Manufacturing
Issue number4
Early online date21 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


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