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Cyclic Production Systems: Scheduling and Performance Tradeoffs

Jeffrey W. Herrmann
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Institute for Systems Research
University of Maryland

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A cyclic production system manufactures a set of products at a constant frequency. Each resource repeatedly performs a certain set of tasks, and the system produces a certain set of units each cycle. The production schedule defines the timing of the tasks within each cycle, which determines system performance on measures such as throughput and work-in-process inventory. This paper describes the tradeoffs that occur when scheduling such systems. This paper presents a problem space search algorithm that explores the tradeoffs between throughput and inventory.

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