Course description/ contents:
Important activities in manufacturing companies are purchasing, designing, producing, selling and delivering goods. In this course the basics of production systems with regard to planning, scheduling and controlling are dealt with. A current view of production system design, control and modeling is given.
After a description of the manufacturing company the production planning and control decision hierarchy is introduced. Taking this as a guide the main aspects of a manufacturing system, the ruling principles, models and design tools are dealt with.
Basic principles and laws that govern the behaviour of production systems, from Little's Law to learning curves, are introduced.
Besides the need to know what to produce, it is essential to know how much to produce. Therefore mathematical models for forecasting demand and the design and monitoring of forecasting systems are introduced.
Long-range strategic planning issues are explained. Supply chain concepts are introduced. Looking to the medium-term planning horizon, aggregate planning models are discussed. Emphasizing the use of network models and the more general applicability of linear programming models.
Inventory control is an important topic. Reorder point inventory models are treated. Hereafter production control concepts are explained such as push and pull production authorization mechanisms. Special attention is given to kanban systems. Material requirements planning as an example of a push system is covered, along with advantages and practical limitations. Furthermore some attention is given to more advanced models for multi-item, multistage planning.
Ending up in the operational stage of production, techniques that play a role in achieving lean production systems are described. Among other things, techniques for eliminating waste, setup time reduction and statistical process control are introduced.
Shop-floor sequencing and scheduling tools are explained. Goals and measures of performance such as makespan, flowtime and tardiness, dispatching approaches and scheduling procedures are dealt with. At the end the shop floor control system has to control the manufacturing activities. The basic mechanisms of shop floor control are adressed. General control architectures for manufacturing shops and the functions of a SFC system are discussed.
Relation to other courses:
This course focuses on the basics of production planning and control at a master level. In relation to the more specialized courses it has a function of framework setting.