Authors: Christoph H. Glock; Hamid Abedinnia
Addresses: Department of Law and Economics, Institute of Production and Supply Chain Management, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Hochschulstr. 1, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany ' Department of Law and Economics, Institute of Production and Supply Chain Management, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Hochschulstr. 1, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany
Abstract: This paper introduces a method for calculating material requirements by decomposing bills of materials. Starting with the primary (end customer) demand, we use bills of materials to calculate direct material requirements step by step for each production stage until the total material requirements have been calculated. The method proposed in this paper illustrates how the product structure influences material requirements and may thus be used in class to show students how material requirements can be calculated precisely. In addition, the method proposed in this paper may also be applied for calculating material requirements in practice.
Keywords: bills of materials; BoM; material requirements planning; MRP systems; Gozinto list; product structure; operations management education; higher education.
International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, 2015 Vol.6 No.1, pp.93 - 107
Received: 25 Jun 2015
Accepted: 01 Sep 2015
Published online: 25 Nov 2015 *