Title

A Make-To-Stock Manufacturing System with Component Commonality: A Queuing Approach

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

In this article a manufacturing system that features component commonality and a production allocation mechanism that postpones inventory commitment is modeled. Under this mechanism, which is called the First-Use First-Serve (FUFS), approach, a component is committed to an order only when all other required components become available. Furthermore, production of a component can only occur if its inventory is below a threshold. The performance of the proposed model is compared with the benchmark case of the First-Come First-Served (FCFS) approach under the sequence in which orders are received. The presented results show that FUFS outperforms FCFS on most system performance criteria. However, FCFS may outperform FUFS under some performance measures of dispersion, when the workload is heavy.

Keywords

Make-to-order, component commonality, supply chain management, queuing theory

Discipline

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Research Areas

Operations Management

Publication

IIE Transactions

Volume

42

Issue

6

First Page

435

Last Page

453

ISSN

0740-817X

Identifier

10.1080/07408170903544322

Publisher

IIE