Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering   »   2014 Vol.18, No.1



Title: Finite capacity material requirement planning system for assembly flow shop with alternative work centres


Authors: Teeradej Wuttipornpun; Pisal Yenradee


Industrial Engineering Department, King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, Bangkok 10800, Thailand
Industrial Engineering Program, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University, Pathumthani 12121, Thailand


Abstract: This paper aims to develop a new finite capacity material requirement planning (FCMRP) system for an assembly flow shop with alternative work centres. It is a four-step procedure that firstly uses a variable lead-time MRP system to generate material and manufacturing plans. Secondly, dispatching rules are applied to determine sequence of customer orders. Thirdly, operations of orders are scheduled on the first and second priority work centres using various scheduling heuristics. Finally, the start times of operations are optimally adjusted by the LP model considering the finite capacity of all work centres and precedence of operations. Three industrial case studies are used to analyse the performances of the proposed system. The results show that the scheduling options/methods and dispatching rules significantly affect the performances of the proposed FCMRP system and the proposed FCMRP system greatly outperforms the FCMRP system of Wuttipornpun et al. (2006) considering overall performance index. In addition, the system requires short computational time when applied to industrial situations.


Keywords: enterprise resource planning; ERP; finite capacity MRP; FCMRP; alternative work centres; linear programming; industrial engineering; material requirements; assembly flow shops; variable lead times; dispatching rules; order sequencing; scheduling heuristics.


DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2014.064343


Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2014 Vol.18, No.1, pp.95 - 124


Available online: 14 Aug 2014



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