Creating a standardized and simplified cutting bill using group technology
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Wood and Fiber Science. 40(1): 29-41.
From an analytical viewpoint, the relationship between rough mill cutting bill part requirements and lumber yield is highly complex. Part requirements can have almost any length, width, and quantity distribution within the boundaries set by physical limitations, such as maximum length and width of parts. This complexity makes it difficult to understand the specific relationship between cutting bill requirements and lumber yield, rendering the optimization of the lumber cutting process through improved cutting bill composition difficult. An approach is presented to decrease the complexity of cutting bills to allow for easier analysis and, ultimately, to optimize cutting bill compositions. Principles from clustering theory were employed to create a standadized way to describe cutting bills.
Buehlmann, Urs; Wiedenbeck, Janice K.; Noble, R., Jr.; Kline, D. Earl. 2008. Creating a standardized and simplified cutting bill using group technology. Wood and Fiber Science. 40(1): 29-41.