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In this paper, an economic order quantity (EOQ) model is developed for deteriorating items with linear demand pattern and variable deterioration rate. Shortages are allowed and partially backlogged. The backlogging rate is variable and dependent on the waiting time for the next replenishment. The objective of the model is to develop an optimal policy that minimizes the average total cost. The numerical example is used to illustrate the developed model. Sensitivity analysis of the optimal solution with respect to various parameters is carried out.

Recently, deteriorating items in inventory system have become an interesting feature for its practical importance. Generally, deterioration is defined as damage, decay or spoilage. Food items, photographic films, drugs, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronic components and radioactive substances are some examples of items in which sufficient deterioration may occur during the normal storage period of units and consequently the loss must be taken into account while analyzing the inventory system. Spoilage in food grain storage, decay in radioactive elements, pilferages from on-hand inventory is continuous in time. Therefore, the effect of deterioration of physical goods cannot be disregarded in many inventory systems. Ghare and Schrader [

In the present paper attempts have been made to investigate an EOQ model with deteriorating items that deteriorates according to a variable deterioration rate. Here we assumed the demand function is linear pattern and the backlogging rate is inversely proportional to the waiting time for the next replenishment. Ever till now, most of the researchers have been either completely ignoring the deterioration factor or are considering a constant rate of deterioration, which is not possible practical. Since the effect of deterioration cannot be ignored, we have taken a variable deterioration. The objective of the model is to determine the optimal order quantity and the length of the ordering cycle in order to minimize the total relevant cost. A numerical example is cited to illustrate the model and a sensitivity analysis of the optimal solution is carried out.

The following assumptions are made in developing the model.

1) The inventory system involves only one item and the planning horizon is infinite.

2) Replenishment occurs instantaneously at an infinite rate.

3) The deteriorating rate, is a variable deterioration and there is no replacement or repair of deteriorated units during the period under consideration.

4) The demand rate, where

and is initial demand.

5) During the shortage period, the backlogging rate is variable and is dependent on the length of the waiting time for the next replenishment. The longer the waiting time is, the smaller the backlogging rate would be. Hence, the proportion of customers who would like to accept backlogging at time is decreasing with the waiting time waiting for the next replenishment. To take care of this situation we have defined the backlogging rate to be when in ventory is negative. The backlogging parameter is a positive constant,.

The following notations have been used in developing the model.

1) : holding cost, $/per unit/per unit time.

2) : cost of the inventory item, $/per unit.

3) : ordering cost of inventory, $/per order.

4) : shortage cost, $/per unit/per unit time.

5) : opportunity cost due to lost sales, $/per unit.

6) : time at which shortages start.

7) : length of each ordering cycle.

8) : the maximum inventory level for each ordering cycle.

9) : the maximum amount of demand backlogged for each ordering cycle.

10) : the economic order quantity for each ordering cycle.

11) : the inventory level at time.

12) : the optimal solution of.

13) : the optimal solution of.

14) : the optimal economic order quantity.

15) : the optimal maximum inventory level.

16) : the minimum average total cost per unit time.

We consider the deteriorating inventory model with linear demand. Replenishment occurs at time when the inventory level attains its maximum,. From to, the inventory level reduces due to demand and deterioration. At time, the inventory level achieves zero, then shortage is allowed to occur during the time interval and all of the demand during shortage period is partially backlogged.

As the inventory level reduces due to demand rate as well as deterioration during the inventory interval, the differential equation representing the inventory status is governed by

where and.

The solution of Equation (1) using the condition is

.(2)

(neglecting the higher power of as).

Maximum inventory level for each cycle is obtained by putting the boundary condition in Equation (2). Therefore,

During the shortage interval, the demand at time is partially backlogged at the fraction

. Therefore, the differential equation governing the amount of demand backlogged is

with the boundary condition.

The solution of Equation (4) is

Maximum amount of demand backlogged per cycle is obtained by putting in Equation (5). Therefore,

Hence, the economic order quantity per cycle is

The inventory holding cost per cycle is

(neglecting the higher power of as).

The deterioration cost per cycle is

The shortage cost per cycle is

The opportunity cost due to lost sales per cycle is

Therefore, the average total cost per unit time per cycle = (holding cost + deterioration cost + ordering cost + shortage cost + opportunity cost due to lost sales)/length of the ordering cycle, i.e.,

Our aim is to determine the optimal values of and in order to minimize the average total cost per unit time,.

Using calculus, we now minimize. The optimum values of and for the minimum average cost are the solutions of the equations

and, (13)

provided that they satisfy the sufficient conditions

, and

.

Equation (13) can be written as

and

Now, and are obtained from the Equations (13) and (14) respectively. Next, by using and, we can obtained the optimal economic order quantity, the optimal maximum inventory level and the minimum average total cost per unit time from Equations (7), (3) and (12) respectively.

In this section, we provide a numerical example to illustrate the above theory.

Example 1: Let us take the parameter values of the inventory system as follows:

, , , , , , , , , and.

Solving Equations (14) and (15), we have the optimal shortage period unit time and the optimal length of ordering cycle unit time. Thereafter, we get the optimal order quantity units, the optimal maximum inventory level units and the minimum average total cost per unit time.

We study now study the effects of changes in the values of the system parameters, , , , , , , , and on the optimal total cost and number of reorder. The sensitivity analysis is performed by changing each of parameters by +50%, +10%, −10% and −50% taking one parameter at a time and keeping the remaining parameters unchanged.

The analysis is based on the Example 1 and the results are shown in

1) & decrease while increases with the increase in value of the parameter. Both & are highly sensitivity to change in and is moderately sensitive to change in.

2) & decrease while increases with the increase in value of the parameter. Both & are moderately sensitive to change in and is low sensitive to change in.

3) & decrease while increases with the increase in value of the parameter. Here & and are highly sensitive to change in.

4) & decrease while increases with the increase in value of the parameter. Here, and are low sensitive to change in.

5) , & increase with the increase in value of the parameter. Here, and are highly sensitive to change in.

6) & increase while decreases with the increase in value of the parameter. Here & and are moderately sensitive to change in.

7) & increase while decreases with the increase in value of the parameter. Here, and are moderately sensitive to change in.

8) & increase while decreases with the increase in value of the parameter. Here, and are moderately sensitive to change in.

9) & decrease while increases with the increase in value of the parameter. Here, and are low sensitive to change in.

10) & increase while decreases with the increase in value of the parameter. Here, and are moderately sensitive to change in.

The economic order quantity (EOQ) model considered above is suited for items having variable deterioration rate, earlier models have considered items having constant rate of deterioration. This model can be used for items like fruits and vegetables whose deterioration rate increase with time. Demand pattern considered here is linear demand patterns and the backlogging rate is inversely proportional to the waiting time for the next replenishment. Furthermore, we have used the numerical example by minimizing the total cost by simultaneously optimizing the shortage period and the length of cycle. Finally, we have studied the sensitivity analysis of the various parameters on the effect of the optimal solution.

While this research provides the better solution, further investigation can be conducted in a number of directions. For instance, we may extend the proposal model to allow for different deterministic demand (constant, quadratic, power and others). Also, we could consider the effects of the variable deteriorations (two-parameter Weibull, three-parameter Weibull and Gamma distribution). Finally, we could generalize the model to stochastic fluctuating demand patterns and the economic production lot size model.

The authors would like to thank the referee for helpful comments.