In this paper we present a local search heuristic for real-life instances of the variable size bin packing problem, and an exact algorithm for small instances. One important issue our heuristic is able to satisfy is that solutions must be delivered within (milli)seconds and that the solution methods should be robust to last minute changes in the data. Furthermore we show that we are able to incorporate the concept of usable leftovers on a single bin, and the implementation of many additional constraints should be supported by the straightforward solution representation. The heuristic is compared to others from the literature, and comes out ahead on a large subset of the instances.
|Journal||Computers & Operations Research|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
- Variable size bin packing problem
- Cutting stock
- Real-life application