Shop Floor Control — A Systems Perspective

From Deterministic Models towards Agile Operations Management

  • Eric Scherer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Understanding Shop Floor Control — A Close Look at Reality

  3. Systems and Organizations

  4. Control Strategies for Complex Manufacturing Systems

  5. Planning, Scheduling and Control: Aspects of Decision Making

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
  6. Making Use of Information Technology: Human-Machine Interaction

  7. On the Road to Agility: Changing Organizational Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 327-327
    2. Steffen Weik, Eric Scherer
      Pages 343-366
    3. Martin Fischer, Franz Stuber
      Pages 367-380
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 381-386

About this book


Shop floor control and namely the problem of job shop scheduling have been fields of research for a long time. However, until now no comprehensive framework on the various aspects exists. This book will provide a systems perspective towards shop floor control by stressing its sociotechnical and cybernetical nature. It focuses on the behavioral aspects of control activities and sees the shop floor as the center of value-adding manufacturing activities within an enterprise. The book enables the reader to understand the interaction of organization, information technology and human resources. This eventually allows to achieve holistic and agile solutions and facilitates profound organizational change. The book will therefore provide a welcome addition to several standard textbooks on the issue.


Industriebetriebslehre Produktsplanung und -steuerung Selbstorganisation Systemgestaltung control design industrial engineering industrial engineering and management manufacturing operations management production planning scheduling self-organization shop floor control systems engineering

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric Scherer
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Industrial Management and Engineering BWISwiss Federal Institute of Technology ETHZürichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64349-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-60313-6
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