MECHANIZATION IN AGRICULTURE
Economic scheduling model for mechanical-manual manufacturing of seasonal product under uncertain supply time and quantity of the raw materials
The research proposes a newsvendor-like model that enables determining the optimal timing for renting machinery with its operators before the arrival of the raw material, and derives an optimal manufacturing strategy. The research includes a case study with a comprehensive analysis for a blueberry harvester that demonstrates the applicability of the proposed model. The rigorous theoretical analysis of the optimal harvesting strategy is validated by numerical experiments. The presented results may help researchers and agriculture practitioners in planning mechanical-manual integrated manufacturing.