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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
|15094||2004||12 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : International Journal of Production Economics, Volume 90, Issue 2, 28 July 2004, Pages 187–198
To be successful in companies, a production planning and control (PPC) concept should fit to the production environment. Essential elements of the concept should correspond with the characteristics of the production system. For classical concepts such as MRP these elements have become common sense. For example, BOM-explosion and constant lead times make MRP known to perform best in environments with high material and low capacity complexity. For many other concepts the situation is less clear. In this paper the workload control (WLC) concept is considered for which the requirements for a successful application have never been investigated. A framework is proposed to explore the applicability of WLC in small- to medium-sized make-to-order (MTO) companies. It supports an initial consideration of WLC in the first phase of a PPC selection and implementation process. As a first step in developing the framework, the inherent characteristics of the WLC concept and the relevant MTO production characteristics are identified. Confronting the indicators of the company characteristics with the WLC elements results in best-fit indications for the WLC concept. Contrarily to other PPC evaluation schemes the framework considers variability indicators besides averages. Use of this framework for a medium-sized MTO company demonstrates its suitability in getting a systematic and quick impression of the applicability of WLC. Essential elements are treated and assessed.
Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the make-to-order (MTO) sector are of great interest, as they are a relevant part of the industrial infrastructure. These companies have to react on turbulent environments: they have to cope with changes in product mix and volume, production rate changes, a high number of rush orders, and lot of internal uncertainty. As a consequence, the production planning and control (PPC) in MTO companies is rather complex and often based on insecure data. Since a good functioning of the PPC concept is crucial for the economic success of the enterprise, the selection of a fitting PPC concept is an important decision process. While selecting and implementing a suitable shop floor control concept, different stages can be distinguished. Fig. 1 roughly sketches these stages. 1. Preliminary study and evaluation: In this stage a pre-selection between alternative PPC concepts takes place. All possible concepts are considered without collecting detailed information. 2. Detailed investigation and final selection: Before implementing a chosen concept, a detailed investigation of relevant company characteristics and planning and control tasks is necessary. Also the characteristics of possible PPC software systems are evaluated. The huge amount of data retrieving and processing in this stage provides the motivation for pre-selection in stage 1. 3. Implementation: The PPC tasks of the shop floor have to be adapted according to the chosen concept. The selected software package is parameterised and embedded into the company. In practice, mostly external consultants support companies in selecting a suitable concept in the ‘preliminary research and evaluation’ stage. This decision-making process is frequently based on intuitive reasoning rather than on an objective evaluation of the company characteristics and the considered PPC concepts. Moreover, the selection is based on the experience of the advisor, collected in prior projects. There is a big need to make this initial selection procedure more transparent.Several operations management textbooks (e.g. Vollmann et al., 1997; Silver et al., 1998) show diagrams relating control concepts to product and process characteristics of companies. The example in Fig. 2 is taken from Silver et al. (1998).Remarkably little seems to be known about the applicability of PPC concepts for the area in Fig. 2 related to job shops. The suggested sequencing rules and ‘factory physics’ cannot be seen as complete PPC concepts. Exactly this part of the matrix reflects the environment that can be found in most SMEs in the MTO sector. Hendry and Kingsman (1989) suggest amongst others that the workload control (WLC) concept is particularly suitable in this environment. As for JIT manufacturing and MRP, WLC also imposes certain requirements on the production environment to guarantee a successful implementation. The inherent characteristics of the concept have to match up with the company characteristics. For classical concepts such as MRP these requirements have become common sense. For example, BOM-explosion and constant lead times make MRP known to perform best in environments with high material and low capacity complexity. In this paper we identify these inherent characteristics of the WLC concept, particularly those that can be seen as distinguishing elements. The possible match between the distinguishing WLC elements and the company characteristics is analysed, and, based on the resulting insights, a framework is developed that supports the consideration of WLC in the ‘preliminary study and evaluation’ stage of a selection process (Fig. 1). The structure of the paper is as follows: Section 2 discusses the distinguishing elements of the WLC concept. Section 3 analyses the relevant company characteristics to be considered in the preliminary selection. A compact set of indicators is proposed to describe these characteristics. In Section 4 the framework is set up by relating each indicator to the distinguishing elements of WLC. Section 5 discusses the use of the framework in an MTO company. Finally, in Section 6 some concluding remarks are provided.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
The paper proposes a framework that supports the consideration of WLC in the ‘preliminary study and evaluation’ stage of selecting a suitable shop floor control concept. The paper started with a concise analysis of the WLC concept, from which five distinguishing elements have been identified: (1) The main control point is the decision to release orders to the shop floor. (2) Control is based on aggregate measures of summed processing times. (3) Small and stable buffers are maintained in front of capacity groups. (4) A pool of orders buffers the shop floor against fluctuations. (5) The central release function balances loads across capacity groups. The match between these typical elements and the relevant company characteristics results in a framework that indicates best-fit areas for WLC. Indicators are not only based on average values but also on the variability of the company characteristics. In general, it can be concluded that the applicability of WLC concept increases with raising variability, indicated by increased arrival rate fluctuations, due date differences, processing time variability, routing sequence and routing length variability. While routing flexibility has not been widely reported in WLC literature, it can contribute to the applicability of WLC. Assembly operations and sequence-dependent set-up times may cause problems when applying the WLC approach. The framework has been tested in an MTO company and one of the outcomes was that, despite WLC's potential attractiveness, barriers concerning set-up times had to be removed first. The framework helped in getting a systematic, objective and quick impression of the applicability of WLC in a situation where management and planners hardly had any knowledge of PPC concepts. As an indirect effect, the use of the framework gave the management of the company much insight into the way the shop floor was currently controlled. The framework contributes to a more objective decision-making process regarding WLC in the first stage of selecting a PPC concept. One future research direction may focus on the quantification of the indicators, which offers the possibility to compare different small- and medium-sized MTO companies regarding the applicability of WLC.