A Framework for Analysis of Production Authorization Card-Controlled Production Systems
Article first published online: 14 DEC 2010
© 2010 Production and Operations Management Society
Production and Operations Management
Volume 20, Issue 6, pages 937–948, November/December 2011
How to Cite
MacDonald, C. and Gunn, E. A. (2011), A Framework for Analysis of Production Authorization Card-Controlled Production Systems. Production and Operations Management, 20: 937–948. doi: 10.1111/j.1937-5956.2010.01209.x
- Issue published online: 15 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 14 DEC 2010
- History: Received: August 2009; Accepted: July 2010 by George Shanthikumar.
- production control systems;
- simulation metamodeling;
- neural networks;
- optimal policy curves
A framework for the analysis of manufacturing systems operating under a production authorization card (PAC) system is outlined. The PAC system provides a single model, which encompasses a broad variety of control strategies, including Kanban and CONWIP. This paper describes a framework for the performance analysis and comparison of both specific and families of control strategies. The framework starts with system performance measures estimated by simulation. These simulations in turn provide training data for neural network metamodels. The metamodels allow for a variety of analysis and optimization approaches, including the construction of optimal policy curves, which can provide considerable insight into the systems under study.