Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Heragu, Sunderesh S.
Production systems; ARK; Automated replenishment system
Materials management; Business logistics; Inventory control
Production systems must have the right type of material in the right quantities when required for production. They must minimize the work in progress while ensuring no stock-outstock-out occurs. While these twin opposing goals are achievable when demand is stable, they are difficult to realize under an erratic demand pattern. This dissertation aims to develop a production system that can meet erratic demands with minimal costs or errors. After a detailed introduction to the problem considered, we review the relevant literature. We then conduct a numerical analysis of current production systems, identify their deficiencies, and then present our solution to address these deficiencies via the ARK (Automated Replenishment System) technique. This technique is applied to a real-world problem at Methode Engineering ©. We conclude by detailing the scientific benefit of our technique and proposing ideas for future research.
El-Khoury, Joseph Elias 1963-, "Designing a robust production system for erratic demand environments." (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 396.