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The Effect of Welding on the One-Dimensional Cutting-Stock Problem: The Case of Fixed Firefighting Systems in the Construction Industry

Ágoston, Kolos (2019) The Effect of Welding on the One-Dimensional Cutting-Stock Problem: The Case of Fixed Firefighting Systems in the Construction Industry. Advances in Operations Research . DOI https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/6507054

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/6507054


Abstract

Safety is paramount in the construction industry and the fixed sprinkler and water spray systems used in firefighting involve networks of pipes of various lengths. Manufacturers of such fixed firefighting systems need to either cut the existing stocks to length—a (one-dimensional) cutting-stock problem—or lengthen the existing stocks or leftover segments through welding, a (onedimensional) cutting-stock problem with welding. Best industry practice safety requirements allow only one weld per length of pipe. The case of a Hungarian manufacturer of fixed firefighting systems motivates this article, which argues that the cuttingstock problem with welding (with single- or multiple-size stocks) may be converted to an equivalent cutting-stock problem (with multiple-size stocks). Readily available algorithms and software may then be used to generate an optimal cutting plan for the equivalent cutting-stock problem. Subject to certain restrictions, the optimal cutting plan for the equivalent cutting-stock problem may then be converted to cutting patterns for the original cutting-stock problem with welding.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Industry
Mathematics, Econometrics
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/6507054
ID Code:4079
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:13 May 2019 07:47
Last Modified:13 May 2019 07:47

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