Having considered the techniques used for planning a production system, we now need to examine how this production can be controlled. Strictly speaking the problems and techniques discussed here include planning as well as control; however, we use the term ‘production control’ to emphasise that it is the ongoing operation we are considering rather than ‘one off’ planning activities. This chapter concerns itself mainly with the flow of work and material through a factory; other chapters will deal with the control of quality, costs, and labour.
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