International audience—In this paper, we propose a heuristic approach for fixing work-in-progress (WIP) projection issues in the semiconductor industry especially for High Mix Low Volume (HMLV) facilities. The considered problem consists of estimating the start and end dates for each remaining process step of the production lots in the WIP and anticipating the fab loading taking into account the constraints of the maximum throughput of machines considered as capacity constraints and customer delivery commitments. The objective being to guarantee on-time delivery, we focus on minimizing the total weighted tardiness (TWT). We have formulated the problem into a mixed-integer programming (MIP) and we have empirically shown its computational intractability. Due to the computational intractability using actual production data, a heuristic algorithm is proposed. It is an iterative finite capacity planning system that considers as inputs lots due dates and equipment capabilities and capacities. The performance of the heuristic is assessed using industrial instances. It turns out that it achieves targeted objectives with satisfactory results in terms of quality of the solution and computation time. Index Terms—WIP projection; finite capacity planning; semiconductor industry; mixed integer programming; iterative algorithm
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