In this paper we consider a two-dimensional cutting stock problem encountered at a large manufacturer of window covering products. The problem occurs in the production process of made-to-measure roller blinds. We develop a solution method that takes into account the characteristics of the specific problem. In particular, we deal with the fact that fabrics may contain small defects that should end up with the waste. Comparison to previous practice shows significant waste reductions.

cutting, trim loss, two-dimensional cutting stock problem
Erasmus School of Economics
Econometric Institute Research Papers
Report / Econometric Institute, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of Economics

de Gelder, E.R, & Wagelmans, A.P.M. (2007). The two-dimensional cutting stock problem within the roller blind production process (No. EI 2007-47). Report / Econometric Institute, Erasmus University Rotterdam (pp. 1–20). Erasmus School of Economics. Retrieved from