Title: Planning, productivity and quality in continuous non discrete production

Authors: Krystsina Bakhrankova

Addresses: Faculty of Economics, Informatics and Social Sciences, Hogskolen i Molde (Molde University College), Postboks 2110, 6402 Molde, Britvegen 2, Molde 6411, Norway

Abstract: Despite their spread, continuous process industries remain least researched vis-a-vis specific issues. This article considers a European plant, manufacturing non-discrete commodity products, formulates and tests a synchronised production and distribution-planning model, minimising energy costs. Moreover, it suggests a post-optimisation analytical approach, emphasising productivity and quality criteria in enterprise development.

Keywords: continuous production; enterprise development; non-discrete products; post-optimisation analysis; process industry; production planning; productivity measurement; quality assurance; commodity products; synchronised production; distribution planning; energy costs; modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2009.025265

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 2009 Vol.7 No.1, pp.44 - 64

Published online: 18 May 2009 *

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