Master Production Scheduling, Customer Service and Manufacturing Flexibility in an Assemble-to-Order EnvironmentInternational Journal of Production Research (1988)
A key element of manufacturing planning and control involves the interfunctional coordination of various manufacturing requirements. This paper reports the results of a simulation experiment that compares alternative master production scheduling (MPS) procedures in an assemble-to-order environment. The MPS procedures are superbills and covering sets. For a given investment in safety stocks the managerial problem is how to construct the MPS in order to minimize the firm's delivery time pressures. The results of the simulation experiment strongly support the use of the superbill techniques over the covering set technique. Moreover, of the experimental factors that influence delivery time performance, the choice of master production scheduling technique has the largest effect. Demand variability has the next greatest effect on delivery time performance. The safety stock level has the third greatest effect and product commonality was fourth. Finally, the managerial implications of the results are discussed in detail.
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Citation InformationBarry E. King and W. C. Benton. "Master Production Scheduling, Customer Service and Manufacturing Flexibility in an Assemble-to-Order Environment" International Journal of Production Research Vol. 26 Iss. 6 (1988)
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