A heuristic for designing manufacturing focus units with resource considerations

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dc.contributor.author Sheu, Chwen
dc.contributor.author Krajewski, Lee J.
dc.contributor.author Cai, Gangshu
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-19T15:17:59Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-19T15:17:59Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-19
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/14049
dc.description.abstract This paper presents a model of the plant-within-a-plant (PWP) design problem and demonstrates a heuristic for analyzing the problem. Although the benefits of a manufacturing focus have been articulated in the literature, methods for implementation with consideration for resource requirements have not been developed previously. In this study, we discuss the importance of including resource considerations and propose a methodology that can help managers arrive at a facility design with a high degree of focus and minimum resource needs. A heuristic is developed that incorporates the concept of order-winning criteria and volume into the focus design. The heuristic not only recognizes the effects of conflicting manufacturing tasks, but also considers resource costs and material flows between PWP units. Experimental results show that the proposed methodology offers managers the opportunity to generate and assess alternative PWP designs, which are otherwise unavailable. Overall, this research provides an analytical framework for further research in focused manufacturing. en_US
dc.relation.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tprs20/50/6 en_US
dc.rights This is an electronic version of an article published in Sheu, C., Krajewski, L. J., & Cai, G. (2012). A heuristic for designing manufacturing focus units with resource considerations. International Journal of Production Research, 50(6), 1608-1623. International Journal of Production Research is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tprs20/50/6 en_US
dc.subject Heuristic en_US
dc.subject Manufacturing focus units en_US
dc.subject Plant-within-a-plant design problem en_US
dc.subject Resource considerations en_US
dc.title A heuristic for designing manufacturing focus units with resource considerations en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.citation.doi doi:10.1080/00207543.2010.550638 en_US
dc.citation.epage 1623 en_US
dc.citation.issue 6 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle International Journal of Production Research en_US
dc.citation.spage 1608 en_US
dc.citation.volume 50 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid csheu en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid gcai en_US


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