Using bottlenecks to control production inventory

Gunn, Bruce and Nahavandi, Saeid 2002, Using bottlenecks to control production inventory, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering of Reconfigurable Systems and Algorithms, ERSA '02 : Las Vegas, Nevada, June 24 - 27, 2002, CSREA Press, Athens, Ga, pp. 243-246.

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Title Using bottlenecks to control production inventory
Author(s) Gunn, Bruce
Nahavandi, SaeidORCID iD for Nahavandi, Saeid orcid.org/0000-0002-0360-5270
Conference name Engineering of Reconfigurable Systems and Algorithms. Conference (2002 : Las Vegas, Nevada)
Conference location Las Vegas, Nevada
Conference dates 24-27 Jun. 2002
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering of Reconfigurable Systems and Algorithms, ERSA '02 : Las Vegas, Nevada, June 24 - 27, 2002
Editor(s) Plaks, Toomas P
Publication date 2002
Conference series Engineering of Reconfigurable Systems and Algorithms Conference
Start page 243
End page 246
Total pages 4
Publisher CSREA Press
Place of publication Athens, Ga
Keyword(s) theory of constraints
batch manufacturing
simulation
Summary In this paper, we investigate how to best optimise the level of Production Inventory or Work In Progress (WIP) in a factory. Using a simulation model of the factory, we show that a level of inventory can be optimised by controlling the buffer levels of the key bottleneck workcenters. By firstly identifying the key bottlenecks, and then systematically reducing the maximum buffer level for each bottleneck, results show that the throughput does not drop rapidly from it's high levels until the WIP is halved. Conversely, the production lead time decreases rapidly and levels out around the point of the optimum WIP level.
ISBN 1892512963
9781892512963
Language eng
Field of Research 080110 Simulation and Modelling
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004884

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