International Journal of Production Economics. Feb2003, Vol. 83 Issue 2, p143. 9p.
PRODUCTION management (Manufacturing) and REENGINEERING (Management)
Analogous to the well-known concept of product prototyping during the design phase of a new product, this paper discusses an approach for the prototyping of organisational structures of production systems. The procedure uses simulation techniques and is based on a special characterisation of the order processing. Specific process attributes are consulted for applying elementary structuring strategies, such as customer, order, product, task or process orientation. The procedure will be demonstrated through a case study of a company in the mechanical engineering area. With its help, a suitable departmental structure can be defined in order to integrate a new order type into the existing structure while increasing the performance of the entire production system. [Copyright &y& Elsevier]