Time-based competition starts with carefully planning the timing of each activity in the order-fulfillment process to meet customer due date requirements. It proceeds with an effort to execute the plan with minimum deviations despite the uncertain and ever-changing environment. Scheduling concerns the allocation of limited resources to tasks over time (Pinedo 1995, 1998; Conway et al. 2003). The driver of all scheduling efforts in the order-fulfillment process is the Master Production Schedule (MPS) that sets the timing and quantities of independent demand items and deliveries. The MPS is translated into purchasing orders and production orders. The timely execution of these orders, both in purchasing operations and on the shop floor, is essential to guarantee on time delivery to the customers.
KeywordsFlow Shop Shop Floor Priority Rule Work Center Total Processing Time
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