Extended-CONWIP-Kanban System: Control and Performance Analysis
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A major challenge in designing and controlling flow lines is to achieve high customer service level while stay lean. Just-In-Time (JIT) manufacturing approach has triggered various 'pull production system', such as CONWIP or Kanban controls, which emphasizes on response to demand rather than forecasts. We identified and documented the anatomy of various pull type control policies. Based on the analysis, we designed a new class of control policy called Extended CONWIP Kanban control (ECK). We conducted comprehensive simulation comparison studies. Simulation results showed that the new control policy can achieve higher service levels with lower inventories than other policies including hybrid ones. We developed a state space comparison methodology to compare various policies with that of optimum solution. Our analysis reveals that our ECK policy provides the most adjustment flexibility toward the optimum. We also proposed a parameter design procedure and an adaptive parameter adjusting system. A case study verifies the advantages and utilities of the ECK policy. Beside the cost savings, another major advantage of the ECK policy is its robustness. That is, the total cost of the ECK policy is less sensitive to demand or system variations.