International Journal of Production Economics. Aug2008, Vol. 114 Issue 2, p811-819. 9p.
RAPID prototyping, PRODUCT management, INDUSTRIAL research, NEW product development, INVENTORY control, BUSINESS logistics, INVENTORY management systems, and MANAGEMENT
Abstract: It is common sense that the premises usually considered in inventory models have little applicability to new product inventory management. This paper develops a first practical approach to deal with this issue: the solution to the (Q, r) inventory model for uniform demand forecasts and lead-times. Based on the fact that the uniform distribution is defined by two parameters that are easy to estimate—maximum and minimum—this paper shows that such a premise may comprise a helpful and accurate decision support tool for managers until they begin to learn about the distribution characteristics of the demand during the lead-time. [Copyright &y& Elsevier]
International Journal of Production Economics. 05/20/99, Vol. 62 Issue 1-2, p1-6. 6p.
MANUFACTURING processes, PRODUCTION planning, PRODUCTION control, PRODUCTION management (Manufacturing), MANUFACTURING cells, and MANAGEMENT
Editorial. The research papers in this special issue of the journal deal with the design and implementation of agile manufacturing (AM). Presentation of strategic frameworks, conceptual and analytical models and case studies focusing on the design, justification, tools/enablers and implementation of AM systems; Papers deal with rapid prototyping, supply chain management, quick response manufacturing, concurrent engineering and rapid partnership formation; Various classes of computerised manufacturing control system with capability to help coordinate and control product; Architecture for the development of manufacturing control systems, called MCSARCH, which has been developed to reduce the effort needed to produce shop floor control systems; Manufacturing processes based on AM are characterized by customer-supplier integrated process for product design, manufacturing, marketing and support services; Agile manufacturing is complementary to quick response, an initiative developed for the textiles, clothing and footwear industry; Ideas adopted by AM including innovative alliances between suppliers, customers and manufacturers in pursuit of value and concepts of technology enabled agility; Success of an AM is to reconfigure the manufacturing cell and to integrate disparate elements contained in cells; Discussion of suitable strategies for the development of AM focusing on virtual enterprise, supply chain management and concurrent engineering.