Re-examining the Performance of Mrp and Kanban Material Control Strategies for Multi-product Flexible Manufacturing Systems

  title={Re-examining the Performance of Mrp and Kanban Material Control Strategies for Multi-product Flexible Manufacturing Systems},
  author={Ananth Krishnamurthy},
Material control schemes can be classified as push, pull, or hybrid strategies. This paper compares the performance of MRP (push) and kanban (pull) for a multi-stage, multiproduct manufacturing system. Using simulation experiments we analyze system performance under different product mixes and observe that in certain environments with advance demand information kanban-based pull strategies can lead to significant inefficiencies. In these environments MRP-type push strategies yield better… CONTINUE READING
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