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Demonstrates the application of spreadsheets in simulating queuing systems with arrivals from a finite population. The problem is referred to as the machine repair problem where the members of the queue are machines that are breaking down and the servers are the technicians repairing the broken...
Proposes a two‐stage procedure to design a group technology system. Formulates a 0‐1 quadratic programming model to allocate machines to machine cells and a criterion to form corresponding part families for group technology. The majority of current approaches assume only one copy of a machine...
Asserts that information systems are an essential component in the efficacy of quality management systems and that information systems therefore merit greater recognition within the theory and the practice of quality management. Based on an empirically validated reference model which includes...
The general practice in implementing an appointment scheduling rule (ASR) is to enforce a certain rule, such as “block appointment”, to schedule customer arrivals in service systems. There are several commonly used ASRs that have been used in such service systems as public and private clinics...
Simulation has been gaining in acceptance as a tool which enables industrial and manufacturing engineers to perform extensive analysis of the problems they face on a daily basis. Analyses the productivity of a system of four flexible machining centres with regard to the transport of workpieces....
Reviews a critical aspect of job shop scheduling research, namely the decision regarding release timing of orders to the manufacturing shopfloor. Covers articles specifically addressing the order release problem; the information should prove helpful for researchers employing order release...
The just‐in‐time (JIT) production system represents a new technology that has been widely promoted by the Singapore government and which has been adopted by several organizations operating in this newly industrialized economy (NIE). Presents the first comprehensive study of JIT practices in...
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