A Genetic Algorithm to Design Job Rotation Schedules with Low Risk Exposure

João Rodrigues, Hugo Gamboa, Nafiseh Mollaei, Daniel Osório, Ana Assunção, Carlos Fujão, Filomena Carnide

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Abstract

In automotive industries, the manufacturing processes are characterized by repetitive tasks and physically demanding work, with possible long-term implications on the musculoskeletal health of the workers. One key organizational strategy that provides an improvement in the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders are job rotation schedules. These are usually designed manually, being (1) time demanding and (2) a subjective evaluation of the schedule’s risk. In this work, a genetic algorithm is presented, to generate automatically a daily job rotation schedule. The quality of the schedule is based on objective scores as- signed to workstations by the European Assembly Worksheet (EAWS) risk screening tool, guiding the algorithm in reaching a final solution that promotes schedules with lower exposure to the sequence of workstations assigned to each worker of the team. The schedules generated by the algorithm were compared to schedules designed by the team leaders and presented a better overall result.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnological Innovation for Life Improvement - 11th IFIP WG 5.5/SOCOLNET Advanced Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems, DoCEIS 2020, Proceedings
EditorsLuis M. Camarinha-Matos, Nastaran Farhadi, Fábio Lopes, Helena Pereira
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages395-402
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-45124-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-45123-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event11th Advanced Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems, DoCEIS 2020 - Costa de Caparica, Portugal
Duration: 1 Jul 20203 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
PublisherSpringer
Volume577
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X

Conference

Conference11th Advanced Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems, DoCEIS 2020
CountryPortugal
CityCosta de Caparica
Period1/07/203/07/20

Keywords

  • Genetic algorithm
  • Job rotation
  • Occupational exposure

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