A planning and scheduling model is developed for the onsertion-phase in printed circuit board (PCB) assembly. PCBs are manufactured by machines that mount components, such as chips, on a PCB. On an onsertor machine, a certain number of component types can be stored. These components are subsequently used for the production of a certain PCB batch type. This research develops a production planning and scheduling formulation to determine the component–machine allocations, as well as a PCB sequence. Two strategies are proposed; one focusing on minimal number of changeovers (C-strategy), and the other on minimal process time (P-strategy). Both strategies were validated in a pilot study with real company data, with encouraging results for potential implementation.
- Printed circuit boards