Handling the complexities of real-life job shops when implementing workload control:a decision framework and case study

Cransberg, Victor and Land, Martin and Hicks, Chris and Stevenson, Mark (2016) Handling the complexities of real-life job shops when implementing workload control:a decision framework and case study. International Journal of Production Research, 54 (4). pp. 1094-1109. ISSN 0020-7543

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

The workload control literature highlights the importance of balancing the shop floor workload, but also acknowledges that this can conflict with processing the most urgent orders – hence, there is a trade-off. In practice, shops contain many complexities, e.g. simultaneous batching and sequence-dependent set-up times that may conflict with processing the most urgent orders and require other solutions than workload balancing to avoid capacity losses. This adds to the trade-off dilemma, which traditionally only considers timing and balancing. This paper develops a framework that determines whether to address a complexity through order release or dispatching. It comprises two dimensions: (i) the typical position of a complexity in the routing of an order and (ii) the criticality of the complexity. A case study is presented, which demonstrates the framework’s utility and illustrates the development of specific solutions designed to handle the complexities. Most complexities present in the case require handling at the order release stage. The challenges of handling multiple complexities at this decision level are evaluated. Finally, the implications for managers and future research are outlined.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
International Journal of Production Research
Uncontrolled Keywords:
/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2200/2209
Subjects:
ID Code:
73561
Deposited By:
Deposited On:
18 Jun 2015 05:38
Refereed?:
Yes
Published?:
Published
Last Modified:
29 Jul 2020 11:21