The Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR) Approach to Logistics

  • Oded Cohen
Part of the IFIP State-of-the-Art Reports book series (IFIP)


Since 1970, a host of industries in the USA and Europe have lost their predominant position in manufacturing. Millions of jobs have been lost and many companies have disappeared or have shrunk dramatically. In 1970 the West lost its predominant position in smokestack industries like steel, brass, and textiles. In 1975 the consumer electrical industry recognized that they were losing the race when cheaper and better stereos, TVs, and microwave ovens flooded in from the Far East. In 1980 it was the automotive industry, and in 1985 it was the high- technology electronics industry. Now it seems as if the aerospace-defence industries will lose their leadership before 1990 in spite of governmental protection.


Assembly Line Process Batch Logistical System Shop Floor Operating Expense 
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  • Oded Cohen

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