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Production control mechanisms in a convergent production line
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. (IPR (Innovation and Product Realisation))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7935-8811
2013 (English)In: Hamburg International Conference of Logistics 2013, Lohmar , 2013, 319-332 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

One of the critical elements that managers face in manufacturing companies is to find an appropriate Production Control Mechanism (PCM) for their shop floor. There are many different PCMs and each of them has different performance depending on the situation. A convergent production line is a situation that rarely has been studied from this perspective. This study compares three kind of PCM that are identified as suitable for such a complex production line: POLCA, CONWIP and m-CONWIP. Extendsim simulation software was employed for discrete event simulation in order to compare performance of the considered PCMs in a convergent production line producing one type of product. The results indicate that the studied PCMs show distinct different performance in the various configurations of the convergent production line. The simulation shows (a bit surprisingly) that POLCA has the best performance in the considered situation and m-CONWIP has the worst performance. However, in an even more complex situation with more product types, the performance of POLCA would be under question. The study complements previous studies on PCM applicability and configuration, and has a strong industrial implication for the increased emphasis on decision support for operations management in a resource efficient production setting.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lohmar , 2013. 319-332 p.
Series
Supply chain, logistics and operations management, 16
Keyword [en]
Production Control Mechanism, convergent production line, POLCA, CONWIP
National Category
Engineering and Technology Civil Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-22899ISBN: 978-3-8441-0266-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-22899DiVA: diva2:665888
Conference
Hamburg International Conference of Logistics. 5-6 Sep 2013
Projects
XPRES
Funder
XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
Note

Hamburg International Conference of Logistic 2013

Available from: 2013-11-21 Created: 2013-11-19 Last updated: 2015-12-22Bibliographically approved

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