Primarily due to rapid development of technology in the past thirty years, the market structure throughout the world has changed considerably. Local markets have become accessible to foreign manufacturers, who are able to perform well in their newly established territories in part due to their superior application of technology. In this light, most companies, including small and medium size, have embedded globalization in their expansion strategies, consistently seeking for new markets abroad. Consequently, local manufacturing companies are facing global competition, forcing them to adopt new concepts with respect to people, process and technologies. This document describes these approaches to production planning in detail as well outlines a software solution. The software solution (Production/3) combines both pull and push techniques and enables small to medium size organizations to fully automate their production system while retaining their investment in their legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
input output elimination
the operator requires both input raw materials and an authorization signal, a card, to work. CONWIP: Conwip is a special case of Kanban. In this system the entire line constitutes one workstation. Departing jobs send production cards back to the beginning of the line to authorize release of new jobs. The production line consists of a single routing, along which all parts flow and work in process can be measured in units i.e., number of work orders or parts on the line. Production Planning Execution and