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Chapter 6: Distribution and Network Models

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Chapter 6: Distribution and Network Models

Instructor: Dr. Neha Mittal

- A special class of linear programming problems is called Network Flow problems. Five different problems are considered:
- Transportation Problems
- Assignment Problems
- Transshipment Problems
- Shortest-Route Problems
- Maximal Flow Problems

- They are all network models, represented by a
- set of nodes,
- a set of arcs,
- and functions (e.g. costs, supplies, demands, etc.) associated with the arcs and/or nodes.

- Transportation & Assignment Problems
- Network Representation
- General LP Formulation
- Solution with QM Software

- Transshipment Problem
- Network Representation
- General LP Formulation

- The transportation problem seeks to minimize the total shipping costs of transporting goods from m origins (each with a supply si) to n destinations (each with a demand dj), when the unit shipping cost from an origin, i, to a destination, j, is cij.
- The network representation for a transportation problem with two sources and three destinations is given on the next slide.

- Network Representation

1

d1

c11

1

c12

s1

c13

2

d2

c21

c22

2

s2

c23

3

d3

Sources

Destinations

Transportation Problem

- Linear Programming Formulation
Using the notation:

xij = number of units shipped from

origin i to destination j

cij= cost per unit of shipping from

origin i to destination j

si = supply or capacity in units at origin i

dj = demand in units at destination j

=

- Linear Programming Formulation (continued)

xij> 0 for all i and j

LP Formulation Special Cases

- The objective is maximizing profit or revenue:
- Minimum shipping guarantee from i to j:
xij>Lij

- Maximum route capacity from i to j:
xij<Lij

- Unacceptable route:
Remove the corresponding decision variable.

Solve as a maximization problem.

Transportation Problem: Example #1

Acme

Acme Block Company has orders for 80 tons of

concrete blocks at three suburban locations as follows: Northwood -- 25 tons,

Westwood -- 45 tons, and

Eastwood -- 10 tons.

Acme has two plants, each of which can produce 50 tons per week. Delivery cost per ton from each plant to each suburban location is shown on the next slide.

How should end of week shipments be made to fill

the above orders?

- Delivery Cost Per Ton
NorthwoodWestwoodEastwood

Plant 1 24 30 40

Plant 2 30 40 42

Network Representation

Demand

Unit Costs

1

North

Supply

25

24

1

Plant 1

50

30

40

2West

45

30

2

Plant 2

40

50

42

3

East

10

Origins

Destinations

Shipment Cost Minimization / LP Formulation

Decision variables: xij = Amount shipped for i = 1-2 and j = 1-3

Min Z = 24x11 + 30x12 + 40x13 + 30x21 + 40x22 + 42x23

s.t. x11 + x12 + x13 < 50(Plant 1 capacity)

x21 + x22 + x23 < 50(Plant 2 capacity)

x11 + x21 = 25 (Northwood demand) x12 + x22 = 45 (Westwood demand)

x13 + x23 = 10 (Eastwood demand)

xij > 0 for i = 1-2 origins, j = 1-3 destinations

- Optimal Solution (Minimizing Cost)
FromToAmountCost

Plant 1 Northwood 5 120

Plant 1 Westwood 45 1,350

Plant 2 Northwood 20 600

Plant 2 Eastwood 10 420

Total Cost = $2,490

Notes: Supply from Plant 2 is not fully utilized (excess shown in ‘Dummy’ column in QM). Also, nothing is shipped from Plant 1 to Eastwood or from Plant 2 to Westwood. The unit cost for that route must decrease more than the marginal cost (shown in QM) in order to be utilized.

- QM Output (using “Transportation” Module)

Transportation Shipments Window

1) Which plant has excess supply? How much?

2) What the unit cost of shipments from Plant 1 to Eastwood would have to be in order for that route to be utilized (original cost = $40)

Marginal Costs Window

Transportation Problem: Example #2

The Navy has 9,000 pounds of material in Albany,

Georgia that it wishes to ship to three destinations:

San Diego, Norfolk, and Pensacola. They

require 4,000, 2,500, and 2,500 pounds,

respectively. There are three different carriers

and government regulations

require equal distribution of shipping

among the three carriers.

The shipping costs per pound for truck, railroad,

and airplane transit are shown below.

Formulate and solve a linear program to determine the shipping arrangements (mode, destination, and quantity) that will minimize the total shipping cost.

Destination

Mode San Diego Norfolk Pensacola

Truck $12 $ 6 $ 5

Railroad 20 11 9

Airplane 30 26 28

- Decision Variables
We want to determine the pounds of material, xij , to be shipped by mode i to destination j. The following table summarizes the decision variables:

San Diego Norfolk Pensacola

Truckx11x12x13

Railroad x21x22x23

Airplane x31x32x33

- Objective Function
Minimize the total shipping cost.

Min: (shipping cost per pound for each mode per destination pairing) x (number of pounds shipped by mode per destination pairing).

Min: 12x11 + 6x12 + 5x13 + 20x21 + 11x22 + 9x23

+ 30x31 + 26x32 + 28x33

- Constraints
Equal use of transportation modes:

(1) x11 + x12 + x13 = 3000

(2) x21 + x22 + x23 = 3000

(3) x31 + x32 + x33 = 3000

Destination material requirements:

(4) x11 + x21 + x31 = 4000

(5) x12 + x22 + x32 = 2500

(6) x13 + x23 + x33 = 2500

Non-negativity of variables:

xij> 0, i = 1,2,3 and j = 1,2,3

- QM Output

- Solution Summary
- San Diego will receive 1000 lbs. by truck and 3000 lbs. by airplane.
- Norfolk will receive 2000 lbs. by truck and 500 lbs. by railroad.
- Pensacola will receive 2500 lbs. by railroad.
- The total shipping cost will be $142,000.

Powerco has three electric power plants that supply the electric needs of four cities. The associated supply of each plant and demand of each city is given in the table. The cost of sending 1 million kwh of electricity from a plant to a city depends on the distance the electricity must travel. Determine how much energy should be supplied to the city by which plant?

Costs to Haul from each site to each mill (round-trip costs) are given below:

- An assignment problem seeks to minimize the total cost assignment of i workers to j jobs, given that the cost of worker i performing job j is cij.
- It assumes all workers are assigned and each job is performed.
- An assignment problem is a special case of a transportation problem in which all supplies and all demands are equal to 1; hence assignment problems may be solved as linear programs.
- The network representation of an assignment problem with three workers and three jobs is shown on the next slide.

- Network Representation

c11

1

1

c12

c13

Agents

Tasks

c21

c22

2

2

c23

c31

c32

3

3

c33

- Linear Programming Formulation
Using the notation:

xij = 1 if agent i is assigned to task j

0 otherwise

cij= cost of assigning agent i to task j

- Linear Programming Formulation (continued)

xij> 0 for all i and j

- LP Formulation Special Cases
- Number of agents exceeds the number of tasks:
- Number of tasks exceeds the number of agents:
- Add enough dummy agents to equalize the number of
- agents and the number of tasks. The objective function
- coefficients for these new variable would be zero.

Extra agents simply remain unassigned.

- LP Formulation Special Cases (continued)
- The assignment alternatives are evaluated in terms of revenue or profit:
- Solve as a maximization problem.
- An assignment is unacceptable:
Remove the corresponding decision variable.

- An agent is permitted to work t tasks:

Practice Problem

An electrical contractor pays his subcontractors a fixed fee plus mileage for work performed. On a given day the contractor is faced with three electrical jobs associated with various projects. Given below are the distances between the subcontractors and the projects.

Projects

SubcontractorABC

Westside 50 36 16

Federated 28 30 18

Goliath 35 32 20

Universal 25 25 14

How should the contractors be assigned to minimize total mileage costs?

- Network Representation

50

West.

A

36

16

Subcontractors

Projects

28

30

Fed.

B

18

32

35

Gol.

C

20

25

25

Univ.

14

- Linear Programming Formulation
Min 50x11+36x12+16x13+28x21+30x22+18x23

+35x31+32x32+20x33+25x41+25x42+14x43

s.t. x11+x12+x13 < 1

x21+x22+x23 < 1

x31+x32+x33 < 1

x41+x42+x43 < 1

x11+x21+x31+x41 = 1

x12+x22+x32+x42 = 1

x13+x23+x33+x43 = 1

xij = 0 or 1 for all i and j

Agents

Tasks

Note: If #agents = #tasks, first 4 constraints would have been “= 1” instead of “< 1”

Select the “Assignment” Module

“Jobs” are the same as Projects

“Machines” are whatever/whoever is performing the Jobs

If assignments are being evaluated for

Cost Select Minimize

Revenue/Profit Select Maximize

Problem

Machineco has four machine and four jobs to be completed. Each machine must be assigned to complete one job. The time required to set up each machine for completing each job is shown below. Formulate the problem to minimize the total setup time needed to complete the four jobs.

Job1Job2Job3Job4

Machine114587

Machine221265

Machine37839

Machine424610

Problem

Three professors must be assigned to teach six sections of Management Science. Each professor can teach up to two sections. Each has ranked the six time periods during which MS is taught. Higher the ranking, higher is the desirability of the professor to teach at that time. Determine an assignment of professors to sections.

9AM1011123PM

Professor1876576

Professor2998844

Professor3769699

Transshipment Problems

- Transshipment problems are transportation problems in which a shipment may move through intermediate nodes (transshipment nodes) before reaching a particular destination node.
- The network representation for a transshipment problem with two sources, three intermediate nodes, and two destinations is shown on the next slide.

- Network Representation

c36

3

c13

c37

1

6

s1

d1

c14

c46

c15

4

Demand

c47

Supply

c23

c56

c24

7

2

d2

s2

c25

5

c57

Destinations

Sources

Intermediate Nodes

- Linear Programming Formulation
Using the notation:

xij = number of units shipped from node i to node j

cij = cost per unit of shipping from node i to node j

si= supply at origin node i

dj= demand at destination node j

- Linear Programming Formulation (continued)

xij> 0 for all i and j

- Special Cases
- Total supply not equal to total demand
- Maximization objective function
- Route capacities or route minimums
- Unacceptable routes
- The LP model modifications required here are
- identical to those required for the special cases in
- the transportation problem.

The Northside and Southside facilities of Zeron Industries supply three firms (Zrox, Hewes, Rockrite) with customized shelving for its offices. They both order shelving from the same two manufacturers, Arnold Manufacturers and Supershelf, Inc.

Currently weekly demands by the users are 50 for Zrox, 60 for Hewes, and 40 for Rockrite. Both Arnold and Supershelf can supply at most 75 units to its customers.

Additional data is shown on the next slide.

Because of long standing contracts based on past orders, unit costs from the manufacturers to the suppliers are:

Zeron NZeron S

Arnold 5 8

Supershelf 7 4

The costs to install the shelving at the various locations are:

ZroxHewesRockrite

Zeron N 1 5 8

Zeron S 3 4 4

- Network Representation

ZROX

Zrox

50

1

5

Zeron

N

Arnold

75

ARNOLD

5

8

8

Hewes

60

HEWES

3

7

Super

Shelf

Zeron

S

4

75

WASH

BURN

4

4

Rock-

Rite

40

- Decision Variables
xij = amount shipped from manufacturer i to supplier j

xjk = amount shipped from supplier j to customer k

where i = 1 (Arnold), 2 (Supershelf)

j = 3 (Zeron N), 4 (Zeron S)

k = 5 (Zrox), 6 (Hewes), 7 (Rockrite)

- Objective Function
Minimize Overall Shipping Costs:

Min 5x13 + 8x14 + 7x23 + 4x24 + 1x35 + 5x36 + 8x37

+ 3x45 + 4x46 + 4x47

- Constraints
Amount Out of Arnold: x13 + x14< 75

Amount Out of Supershelf: x23 + x24< 75

Amount Through Zeron N: x13 + x23 - x35 - x36 - x37 = 0

Amount Through Zeron S: x14 + x24 - x45 - x46 - x47 = 0

Amount Into Zrox: x35 + x45 = 50

Amount Into Hewes: x36 + x46 = 60

Amount Into Rockrite: x37 + x47 = 40

Non-negativity of Variables: xij> 0, for all i and j.

Zeron Shelving: Solution

- Solution

Zrox

ZROX

50

50

75

1

5

Zeron

N

Arnold

75

ARNOLD

5

25

8

8

Hewes

60

35

HEWES

3

4

7

Super

Shelf

Zeron

S

40

75

WASH

BURN

4

4

75

Rock-

Rite

40

- Widgetco manufactures widgets at two factories, one in Memphis and one in Denver. The Memphis factory can produce upto 150 widgets per day, and Denver can produce upto 200. Widgets are shipped by air to consumers in LA and Boston. The customers in each city require 130 widgets per day. Because of the deregulation of air fares, the company believes that it may cheaper to first fly some widgets to NY or Chicago and then fly them to their final destinations. The costs of flying are provided on the next slide.
Formulate the problem to minimize the total cost of shipping the required widgets to its customers.