Periodical capacity setting methods for make-to-order multi machine production systems
K. Altendorfer, A. Hübl, H. Jodlbauer - Periodical capacity setting methods for make-to-order multi machine production systems - INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS, Vol. 52, No. 16, 2014, pp. 4768-4784
The paper presents different periodical capacity setting heuristics for maketo- order, multi machine production systems with stochastic customer required lead times and stochastic processing times. These heuristics are developed as decision support when a certain kind of capacity exibility exists, such as, for example, a certain range of possible working hours a week. The developed heuristics di_er in the amount of used information whereby all are based on the cumulated demanded capacity at each machine. In a simulation study the methods' impact on service level and tardiness is compared to a average capacity for a single and a multi machine setting. It is shown that the tested capacity setting methods can lead to an increase in service level and a decrease in average tardiness in comparison to a average provided capacity whereby the methods using information on both, processing time and customer required lead time distribution, perform best. The results found in this paper can help practitioners to make effcient use of their exible capacity.