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Refining a workload control (WLC) concept: a case study

Stevenson, M (2006) Refining a workload control (WLC) concept: a case study. International Journal of Production Research, 44 (4). pp. 767-790. ISSN 0020-7543

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Abstract

The paper focuses on refining a Workload Control (WLC) concept to improve the applicability of the approach to the shop characteristics found in practice. This is a two-stage process leading to significant conceptual refinements to a key WLC methodology. The first stage focuses on the development of a Decision Support System (DSS) based on a WLC concept designed for Make-To-Order (MTO) companies. Refinements made include changes to the backwards scheduling procedure and the way in which jobs are released onto the shop floor. The second stage focuses on the process of implementation. Using a case study of a MTO company, the paper describes the strategy taken to overcome a number of prerequisites to the successful implementation of a Production Planning and Control (PPC) concept. Issues addressed include grouping machines and determining capacities. This case study adds to the available literature by looking specifically at implementing WLC from the customer enquiry stage, while the case study experience also provides further refinements to the WLC concept.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Production Research
Uncontrolled Keywords: Production Planning and Control (PPC) ; Workload Control (WLC) ; Decision Support System (DSS) ; Make To Order (MTO) ; Job shop
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Science
ID Code: 44501
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:16
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:25
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/44501

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