Amelioration of Capacity Constraints in Manufacturing Systems Using Alternate Production Sequence

Dhagash Shah, Krishna Krishnan, Mukund Dhuttargaon

Abstract


Today’s market is in a constant flux of demand changes.  Due to this the product demand and the product mix continuously change from one time-period to the next.  For a company to be profitable and competitive, it has to ensure that all of its resources are optimally utilized.  These resources include facility layout, material handling, and production system.  Previous research has shown that the system state has to be identified prior to increasing capacity to mitigate the constraint.  As the demand and product mix change, a facility layout that was efficient can soon become inefficient or the cost of production and material handling increase.  This research evaluates usage of alternate part sequence as a means to eliminate or reduce production system constraints.  It focuses on reducing machine usage when the selected process sequence leads to production capacity constraints.

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