The main contents of this chapter include all of the following: Work center defined, typical scheduling and control functions, job-shop scheduling, examples of scheduling rules, shop-floor control, principles of work center scheduling, issues in scheduling service personnel.
Chapter 16 - Scheduling. When you finish this chapter, you should be able to: Explain what scheduling involves and the importance of good scheduling, compare product and service scheduling hierarchies, describe scheduling needs in high-volume systems,...
For many manufacturing enterprises, assembly is an important portion of the final costs. Effectiveness
was traditionally hunted for by reducing complex schedules into unit tasks (scientific work organization)
and by enabling sequential assembly lines (vertical flow-shop). The approach leads to the highest productivity,
and it is prised for mass production. Flow-lines and fixed schedules, however, require amortisation
plans based on steady programmes on duty horizons corresponding to product volumes exceeding
some minimal threshold.