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An insurance company receives three types of policy application bundles daily from its head office for data entry and tiling. The time (in minutes) required for each type for these two operations is - Mathematics and Statistics

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An insurance company receives three types of policy application bundles daily from its head office for data entry and tiling. The time (in minutes) required for each type for these two operations is given in the following table:

Policy 1 2 3
Data Entry 90 120 180
Filing 140 110 100

Find the sequence that minimizes the total time required to complete the entire task.

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Solution

Policy 1 2 3
Data Entry 90 120 180
Filing 140 110 100

Observe that Min (Data entry, filing) = 90, corresponds to policy 1 on data entry
∴ Policy 1 is placed first in sequence.

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Then the problem reduces to

Policy 2 3
Data Entry 120 180
Filing 110 100

Now, Min (Data entry, filing) = 100, corresponds to policy 3 on filing.
∴ Policy 3 is placed last on sequence and policy 2 on remaining.
∴ Optimal sequence is

1 2 3

Total elapsed time

Policy Data entry Filling
In Out In Out
1 (90, 140) 0 90 90 230
2 (120, 110) 90 210 230 340
3 (180, 100) 210 390 390 490

∴ Total elapsed time = 490 mins
Idle time for data entry = 490 – 390 = 100 mins
Idle time for filling = 90 + 50 = 140 mins.

Concept: Types of Sequencing Problem
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Balbharati Mathematics and Statistics 2 (Commerce) 12th Standard HSC Maharashtra State Board
Chapter 7 Assignment Problem and Sequencing
Exercise 7.2 | Q 3 | Page 125
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