Use of Group Technology Concepts in Integrated Production Planning
This study emphasizes the use of Group Technology concepts in the design of an integrated production planning and control system. In doing so, the manufacturing difficulties and the various complexities in the design and use of such a system in jobbing manufacture or small batch manufacture will be elaborated upon. The main complexities in jobbing manufacture steins from the variability in the volume and mix of the products and from the nature of demand. Jobbing manufacture is characterized by a complex work-flow structure and highly variable manufacturing times which complicate the production planning and control activities. High throughput times, extensive delays, high work in progress stocks, low utilization of labour and machinery, demanding supervision and control of production are the basic indicators related to the problems encountered in production planning and control activities in jobbing manufacture.
KeywordsProduction Planning Product Family Flexible Manufacturing System Group Technology Bottleneck Machine
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