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Course module: 191124720
Design of Production & Inventory Systems
Course infoSchedule
Course module191124720
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact S. Hoekstra
Lecturer P.K. Chemweno
Examiner S. Hoekstra
Contactperson for the course S. Hoekstra
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After the course the student is able to:

1.     Understand the basics of production system design, control and modeling, containing the topics:
  • The structure of production systems.
  • The behaviour of production systems.
  • The standard production system decision hierarchy.
  • Forecasting of market demands.
  • Long-range, medium-term and operational planning.
  • Production and inventory control systems.
  • Shop-floor design and operation.
2.     Apply methods ,(mathematical) models  and techniques with respect to the afore mentioned topics, to make design decisions concerning production and inventory systems.
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.

Assumed previous knowledge
Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or Industrial Design.
Participating study
Master Industrial Design Engineering
Participating study
Master Mechanical Engineering
Required materials
Askin R.G., Goldberg J.B., Design and analysis of lean production systems, John Wiley & Sons.
Recommended materials
Instructional modes


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