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Sourabh Bhattacharya (Institute of Management Technology - Hyderabad)
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In this case, Robert Fernandes, the Vice President - Operations of SewDirect (middle scale company involved in fabric cutting services) is concerned about increasing wastage's from SewDirects cutting operations. Since the size of the bolt is not an exact multiple of the fabric width required by the customers, some wastage occur each time a bolt is cut into pieces. He hires Amit Roy as an intern in the production department and asks him to identify ways to reduce the wastage. Being interested in number crunching and creating mathematical models to solve complex problems, Roy collects a sample of customer order data to create a model that would help Fernandes to reduce the waste below the existing 10%.


Linear integer programming; Optimization; Stock and cutting problem

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