Direct Workload Control:Simplifying Continuous Order Release

Fernandes, Nuno Octavio and Thurer, Matthias and Stevenson, Mark (2021) Direct Workload Control:Simplifying Continuous Order Release. International Journal of Production Research, 49 (3). pp. 314-327. ISSN 0020-7543

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Abstract

Workload Control withholds orders from the shop floor in a backlog from which they are released to meet certain performance metrics. This release decision precedes the execution of orders at shop floor stations. For each station there are consequently three types of workload: indirect, released work that is still upstream of the station; direct, work that is currently at the station; and, completed, work that is still on the shop floor but is downstream of the station. Most release methods control an aggregate workload made up of some representation of at least two of these three workload types. Yet the core objective of Workload Control release methods relates to only one of the three types – that is, to create a small, stable direct load in front of each station. Clearly, order release would be greatly simplified if only the direct load had to be considered. Using discrete event simulation, we show that Direct Workload Control leads to performance levels that match those of more complex and sophisticated approaches to Workload Control. Further, it greatly simplifies continuous order release, decentralising the release decision by allowing it to be executed at each gateway station. This has important implications for research and practice.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
International Journal of Production Research
Additional Information:
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/behavioural-and-cognitive-psychotherapy/article/abs/qualitative-exploration-of-how-people-with-bipolar-disorder-consider-risktaking-in-everyday-decisions/0907994453DEF00192CCC4A22FD1095F The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 49 (3), pp 314-327 2021, © 2020 Cambridge University Press.
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149093
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Deposited On:
16 Nov 2020 11:30
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Yes
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Published
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22 Nov 2021 15:48