Say I have a kiln for making castings. There are 3 shapes. I need to produce the following castings:
102 of A
364 of B
70 of C
I can put 50 molds in the kiln at a time. I can have 75 molds made in any combination.
First, what is the optimal combination of molds to make.
Second, what is the schedule to make the castings in as few firings as possible.
I am trying to wrap my head around this problem. I see that the second part resembles task scheduling problems I've read about, but I have no idea how to tackle the first problem.
Any help/insight very much appreciated.