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A Comparison of Production-Line Control Mechanisms We study the performance of the kanban, minimal blocking, basestock, CON-WIP, and hybrid kanban-CONWIP control policies in a four-machine tandem production line making parts for an automobile assembly line. Pdf-file  
Activity-Based Costing Approach to Equipment Selection Problem For Flexible Manufacturing Systems The equipment selection problem is essential in manufacturing today. It typically involves the selection of a set of equipment to be used in production based on technical and economical criteria. This paper will focus on an activity-based costing approach to the equipment selection problem for flexible manufacturing systems. pdf-file  
Adoption of Internet Technology in Manufacturing Operational Factors that Influence the Successful Adoption of Internet Technology in Manufacturing. Pdf-file. October 2002  
Benchmarking and Configuration of Workflow Management Systems Workflow management systems (WFMS) are a cornerstone of mission-criticial, possibly cross-organizational business processes. For largescale applications both their performance and availability are crucial factors, and the system needs to be properly configured to meet the application demands.   
Cellular Manufacturing System Design A Kaizen Based Approach for Cellular Manufacturing System Design: A Case Study. Pdf-file  
Company Relocation Planning ahead can make relocating your company a headache-free experience  
Continuous-Time Production Planning Models and Solving Procedures for Continuous-Time Production Planning. Pdf-file  
Defining Manufacturing Flexibility: A Research Prerequisite Thus, in addition to quality, cost and time, flexibility has become an important competitive weapon for manufacturing companies. In the manufacturing flexibility field, understanding, classifying and measuring manufacturing flexibility is very important to researchers and practitioners alike as the concepts, as expressed in the literature, are at best vague and at worst, confusing. pdf-file. 2004  
Design and Operation of Manufacturing Systems The Control-Point Policy. Pdf-file 2000  
Disposable Factories Since the 1980s, manufacturing executives have invested billions in flexible automation. Now that approach may be too inflexible and capital intensive. A better option could be to build product- and capacity-specific facilities that get written off if the market or the environment changes. pdf-file 2006  
Dynamic Pricing Strategies for Multi-Product Revenue Management Problems Consider a firm that owns a fixed capacity of a resource that is consumed in the production or delivery of multiple products. The firm’s problem is to maximize its total expected revenues over a finite horizon either by choosing a dynamic pricing strategy for each product, or, if prices are fixed, by selecting a dynamic rule that controls the allocation of capacity to requests for the different products. pdf-file 2004  
End-to-End Pull Eradicating the "high-inventory-poor-service-level" problem.   
Factories Of The Future  The most crucial investment for the factory of the future will be made not in hardware or software, but in understanding how manufacturing technology provides new options to power business success.    
Functional thinking in production process environment Functional thinking is described as a way to practice innovation and lead to new insights than what is known in process analysis, added value and method study. Pdf-file 160 KB. June 2003  
Global production network planning at Caterpillar Inc: a case study Caterpillar Inc. is the largest maker of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines in the world. It requires a global production network that can serve ever-changing market dynamics, while maintaining world-beating standards of cost, quality, service and flexibility. new
How to design a production line that has a bottleneck    
Industrial service network design: configuring multi-organisational networks Many manufacturing firms have developed a service dimension to their product portfolio. However, the provision of product service solutions has placed an increasingly heavy reliance on networks of multiple partners to deliver services, often right through to the point-of-use. new
Managing Complexity in Plant Maintenance Reducing costs and outages in process industries. Uncontained complexity in plant maintenance can breed inefficiency, extend plant outages and increase costs. A six-step approach mitigates the "bad" complexity while increasing sales and revenue potential.  
Market Segmentation and Product Technology Selection for Remanufacturable Products Remanufacturing is a production strategy whose goal is to recover the residual value of used products. Used products can be remanufactured at a lower cost than the initial production cost, but remanufactured products are valued less than new products by consumers.  
Mechanisms for Building and Sustaining Operations Improvement This article aims to provide some insight into the methods that can be deployed to build rapid and sustained improvement, by first looking at the recent history of operations improvement methods, then describing a new framework for mapping improvement paths and using it to characterize the strategies deployed by some of the world’s fastest improvers. pdf-file 1996  
Paths For Progress  World-class plants combine best practices, teamwork, and technology to achieve optimal performance. (Nov 2000)  
Probabilistic Analysis of Multi-Item Capacitated Lot Sizing Problems This paper conducts a probabilistic analysis of an important class of heuristics for multi-item capacitated lot sizing problems. Pdf-file 2004  
Production Management Systems Elevate Product Lifecycle Management Solutions to a New Level Production Management (PM), or Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), are integral components of an end-to-end Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution.   
Relocate? Transform? Which Option Is Right? According to the latest research from Booz Allen Hamilton, many low-cost manufacturers may be more expensive than they appear. In this article, the authors find that unexpected costs and inefficiencies are commonplace, and that offshoring is not always the soundest business decision. 2006  
Service Factory: Strategic Marketing Planning Implications for the Small Manufacturing Manager This paper presents the strategic marketing planning process as a useful framework for the small manufacturer to use so that these services may receive a central focus. pdf  
Technology Management: a process approach This paper proposes a framework for the management of technology based on process thinking. Pdf-file 1995  
The Coordination of Global Manufacturing Production capacity is now sufficiently flexible in some industries, to be viewed as a commodity. Technological change has raised the prospect of global markets for a variety of types of flexible manufacturing capacity. This paper outlines technological and commercial conditions under which markets for flexible manufacturing capacity are likely to arise, describes an industry in which a capacity market exists, and explores desiderata for such markets. 1993  
The Discipline of Product Management Product development is the process of designing, building, operating, and maintaining a good or service. Pdf-file  
The End of the Line for Mass Production No Time for Batches & Queues  
The Pull System Mystery Explained Going forward by moving backward is how one author described a pull system.  Others use the analogies of drums, buffers and rope to explain how to "pull" production through a manufacturing shop.    
The Service Revolution - Manufacturing's missing crown jewel
With unprecedented pressures on product margins and the threat of commoditization, services may the best opportunity for profit and differentiation.  T  
Total Productive Maintenance - Implementation Companies that have been successful usually follow an implementation plan that includes the following 12 steps  
Total Productive Maintenance - Overview Continuous flow manufacturing will not allow for frequent, unplanned equipment down-time.  TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) is an excellent method for meeting the demands continuous flow manufacturing places on equipment.  
Using planning steps for production planning  Disruptions during plan executions cause generated productions plans to be useless. A new planning methodology for coping with this uncertainty caused by disruptions is presented. Pdf-file  
Visual Management: More than Just a Pretty Plant One of the most widely publicized elements of lean manufacturing is visual factory or “5S.” The term “5S” is derived from five Japanese words that refer to cleanliness, order, and discipline. These concepts are the foundation of industrial housekeeping and workplace organization.  


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The Pull System Mystery Explained: Drum, Buffer & Rope With A Computer
By Gerald Najarian
Going forward by moving backward is how one author described a pull system. Others use the analogies of drums, buffers and rope to explain how to "pull" production through a manufacturing shop. This pull sequence system is known as a Kanban system in Japan and in The Toyota Automobile Corporation where it was developed and refined.

Flow Manufacturing is the Essential Component in Your Supply Chain Strategy
Gerald Najarian, The Remington Group, LLC
Supply Chain Management is to the twenty first century manufacturing enterprise as MRP was to the factory of the 1970s; the overriding framework that points the business toward the customer. The customer of the MRP and post MRP era could put up with the fixed (and mostly long) lead times, inflexible product structures and, the high cost of batch/subassembly/final assembly manufacturing and inventory management of that time. Not so the customer of the Supply Chain Management era. As we begin the Supply Chain Management era with the market’s demand for flexibility, velocity and, minimal waste (not necessarily no waste), we now focus on this new overriding framework that is under-girded by ERP and empowered by modern Flow Manufacturing. This article appeared in APICS The Performance Advantage magazine.

Less Is More: How Great Companies Use Productivity As a Competitive Tool in Business
by Jason Jennings
From the author of the bestselling It's Not the Big That Eat the Small,It's the Fast That Eat the Slow comes a vital new guide to increasing business productivity without adding employees or other overhead costs.
Now Jason Jennings offers a groundbreaking look at how to boost productivity and your bottom line.

Lean Production Simplified: A Plain-Language Guide to the World's Most Powerful Production System
by Pascal Dennis, John Shook, Dennis Pascal
This book is a plain language guide to the lean production system. The book is organized around a central image: the "house of lean production", which will help the reader grasp the system and the factors that animate it. Additionally, the book provides an insider’s view of Toyota, and how this company continues to succeed.

Production and Operations Management: Text and Cases 
by Ray Wild
If you are in search for a book that covers all aspects of production and operations management, this one is for you. It deals with the theoretical ideas and concepts of production and operations management as well as with the procedures and techniques for its effective achievement. 
Parts One and Two set the framework for the study of operations management by providing definition, identifying critical problem areas and relating operations management to other business functions. From part Three onwards, the book is structured in a 'life-cycle' form, dealing with the arrangement of facilities, work and work systems, capacity management, operations scheduling, materials management and the control of operating systems.




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