Queue time constraints are commonly imposed to ensure product quality in contemporary production systems. We study the performance of two single stations with deterministic service times and a predetermined time window in between, where both stations suffer time-based pre-emptive breakdowns. To improve productivity, achieving higher capacity and lower rework rate are the two main objectives. While higher capacity requires a higher work-in-process (WIP)-level threshold, a lower rework rate requires a smaller one. To quantify the trade-off between the two objectives, an analytical model is derived. The model is then used to derive the WIP-level threshold control policy for a time-constrained system. We also show that system capacity diminishes with the decrease in WIP-level thresholds.
- process modelling
- production control
- time window
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering