An Enterprise Business and Facilities Planning System
A machine at a manufacturing plant has just gone down. The estimate of the engineers is between two weeks and a month of down time on the machine. How does a manufacturer minimize the impact of the outage on the ability of the organization to service its customers, while maintaining at the least possible cost?
A manufacturer is working on production, inventory and distribution plans for the organization for the next fiscal year. Total capacity is adequate to handle the demand over the entire fiscal period. However, there are long periods within the fiscal year in which there are significant capacity shortfalls. The result is that inventory must be built up during periods of capacity excess in order to accommodate the customer demand during the periods in which there are short term capacity shortfalls. Where should the inventory be placed, and what should the product mix be, in order to insure high levels of customer service at the least possible cost?
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