POLCA Control

  • Hermann Lödding


POLCA was developed by Suri in the 1990s and positioned as an alternative to both the MRP II concept and Kanban [Suri-98*]. The method is a component of the comprehensive Quick Response concept aimed in particular at organizing production into manufacturing cells. In the ideal case (but not inevitably), the manufacturing cells operate according to the one-piece-flow principle. POLCA stands for Paired-Cell Overlapping Loops of Cards with Authorization. The abbreviation thus describes the localized WIP control loops between manufacturing cells in a production.


Load Balance Material Flow Release Date Control Loop Manufacturing Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hermann Lödding
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  1. 1.HamburgGermany

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