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    [SOLVED] Linear programming - modeling a problem

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    "A factory produces 3 types of trailers made in metal and wood: type I, type II and type III. The factory wants to maximize its profits by producing the right quantity of each type of trailer at each period of production. The factory has a maximum production capacity of 24 days/period for the "metal work" and 60days/period for the "wood work".


    I'm having a hard time to model this problem in the form:

    (a) variables
    (b) economic function to maximize/minimize
    (c) constraints

    Here's my answer but I don't think the constraints are that simple:


    a + 2b + 4c <= 60
    1/2a + 2b + c <= 24
    a,b,c >= 0


    I'll need to solve it using the simplex method.
    Thank you

    edit: cleaned things up a bit
    Last edited by Zathan; September 26th 2010 at 02:34 PM.
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    I dont really understand why you have setup vairable M1..M3, W1...W3

    is the wood capacity constraint not simply: a + 2b+4c <= 60 ?
    and similarly for the metal one?


    Then maximise 6a + 14b+13c subject to the above constraints, and no negative values.
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    I don't think the constraint are that simple
    like:

    a + 2b + 4c <= 60
    1/2a + 2b + c <= 24
    a,b,c >= 0

    seems too simple. Aren't we missing something with the days/period thing hmm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zathan View Post
    I don't think the constraint are that simple
    like:

    a + 2b + 4c <= 60
    1/2a + 2b + c <= 24
    a,b,c >= 0

    seems too simple. Aren't we missing something with the days/period thing hmm
    The only thing missing is the objective.

    CB
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