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A Methodology to Customize Pull Control Systems

E. G. A. Gaury, J. P. C. Kleijnen and H. Pierreval
The Journal of the Operational Research Society
Vol. 52, No. 7 (Jul., 2001), pp. 789-799
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/254125
Page Count: 11
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A Methodology to Customize Pull Control Systems
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Abstract

The objective of this paper is to develop a methodology for customizing pull control systems, replacing traditional control systems such as Kanban, Conwip, and Base Stock. The basic principle is to start with a pull control system that connects each stage of a given production line with each preceding stage; next, the optimization of the corresponding simulation model shows which of these potential control loops are actually implemented. The result of this methodology may be one of the traditional systems, but it may also be one of the following three new types: (1) the total line may be decomposed into several segments, each with its own classic control system, (2) the total line or its segments may combine different traditional systems, or (3) the line may be controlled through a new type of control system. Indeed, these three systems are found in a simulation experiment with a set of twelve production lines. These twelve lines are selected through a statistical design with ten factors that characterize production lines.

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