TITLE

Diagnostic and Fixing MPC System Problem

AUTHOR(S)
Thacker, Mike
PUB. DATE
May 2000
SOURCE
Logistics & Transport Focus;May2000, Vol. 2 Issue 4, p34
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article deals with the solution of problems in manufacturing planning and control (MPC) systems. It discusses the problem of separating the symptoms from the real problems. Most MPC systems have fundamental faults which are relatively simple to fix if one could separate the symptoms from the causes. Examples of these are poor customer delivery performance, excess stock, excess shortage chasing, lost business and high transport costs. Pareto analyses may be applied to any frequency distributions to highlight route causes for stockouts, quality problems, high stocks, lead-time variability, late deliveries, and reasons for lost business. The process involves a review of policies relating to manufacturing customer service and stock levels. The author of this article also presented several facts about control systems. Occasionally, according to the author, an atmosphere exists which is simply not conducive to beneficial change and may present a significant obstacle. In order to overcome these problems, one has to go up a level in the organization to determine the cause, which can be routed in personnel policies and practices, lack of vision, lack of goal setting, communications, or simply a poor manager.
ACCESSION #
11646602

 

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