Approximate Analysis of Decentralized, Multi-Stage, Pull-Type Production/Inventory Systems

Approximate Analysis of Decentralized, Multi-Stage, Pull-Type Production/Inventory Systems We consider a decentralized, pull-type manufacturing system with each stage having its own input and output stock keeping activities. Material handling between stages is carried out according to a fixed quantity, non-constant withdrawal cycle. We approximate the system behavior using a two-node decomposition approach, which decomposes the system into smaller subsystems. The analysis of two-node subsystems is achieved using a matrix-recursive approach due to phase-type modeling of certain random variables. Our solution algorithm resolved a major difficulty (due to batch transfers) in the analytical approach to study multi-stage manufacturing systems. We also discuss system behavior and suggest several rules-of-thumb to improve system performance. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annals of Operations Research Springer Journals

Approximate Analysis of Decentralized, Multi-Stage, Pull-Type Production/Inventory Systems

Annals of Operations Research, Volume 125 (4) – Oct 18, 2004

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Business and Management; Operation Research/Decision Theory; Combinatorics; Theory of Computation
ISSN
0254-5330
eISSN
1572-9338
DOI
10.1023/B:ANOR.0000011187.52502.37
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Abstract

We consider a decentralized, pull-type manufacturing system with each stage having its own input and output stock keeping activities. Material handling between stages is carried out according to a fixed quantity, non-constant withdrawal cycle. We approximate the system behavior using a two-node decomposition approach, which decomposes the system into smaller subsystems. The analysis of two-node subsystems is achieved using a matrix-recursive approach due to phase-type modeling of certain random variables. Our solution algorithm resolved a major difficulty (due to batch transfers) in the analytical approach to study multi-stage manufacturing systems. We also discuss system behavior and suggest several rules-of-thumb to improve system performance.

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Annals of Operations ResearchSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 18, 2004

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