Production control in product-oriented assemble-to-order manufacturing

  • J. C. Wortmann
  • D. R. Muntslag
  • P. J. M. Timmermans


In this chapter we will proceed with one of the best-known types of customer-driven manufacturing, viz. assemble to order. We will discuss in detail the concepts required for Medicom, following the case description of Chapter 10. The problems of Medicom are partly due to the classical way of using bills of material and other product descriptions. We have argued in Chapter 16, thegeneric product modelling concept may solve this part of the problem. However, an improved product-modelling concept should go hand-in-hand with a better production control concept. This concept is to be discussed now. Implementation of these concepts through information technology will be discussed in Part D, specifically in Chapters 26 and 27.


Product Family Production Control Customer Order Work Order Subsystem Level 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Wortmann
    • 1
  • D. R. Muntslag
    • 2
  • P. J. M. Timmermans
    • 3
  1. 1.Technische Universiteit EindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Moret, Ernst & YoungUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.CIMRU, University CollegeGalwayRepublic of Ireland

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