Title: Joint consideration of production scheduling, maintenance and quality policies: a review and conceptual framework

Authors: Divya Pandey, Makarand S. Kulkarni, Prem Vrat

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), Hauz Khas, New Delhi, 110016, India. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), Hauz Khas, New Delhi, 110016, India. ' Management Development Institute, Mehrauli Road, Sukhrali, Gurgaon – 122 007, India

Abstract: Performance of a manufacturing system depends on its ability to simultaneously meet several requirements such as: quick response to market demand, high product quality, low manufacturing costs and timely deliveries; which in turn strongly depend on performance at the shop floor level. In the past, the shop floor level operational policies in the context of scheduling, maintenance and quality have been examined in isolation. However, it is hypothesised that these three aspects of operations planning may also have some interaction effect and hence joint consideration of various policy options pertaining to quality, maintenance and scheduling on the performance of the manufacturing system is an important area for investigation. In this paper, a review of literature addressing the joint consideration of these three aspects is presented and research gaps are highlighted. As a preliminary work, some numerical investigations are also presented to highlight the importance of joint consideration of these three aspects. Finally, a conceptual methodology is presented that can lead to further developments in this field. Some potential research areas in this context are identified.

Keywords: production scheduling; maintenance; quality; control charts; integrated policies; operations planning; manufacturing systems performance; operations management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAOM.2010.034583

International Journal of Advanced Operations Management, 2010 Vol.2 No.1/2, pp.1 - 24

Published online: 10 Aug 2010 *

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