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On the meaning of ConWIP cards: an assessment by simulation

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/03/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Industrial and Production Engineering
Issue number1
Volume36
Number of pages3
Pages (from-to)49-58
Publication statusPublished
Early online date13/02/19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The simplicity of Constant Work-In-Process (ConWIP) makes it one of the most widely adopted card-based production control solutions. Its simplicity, however, also limits the opportunities that are available to improve the concept. There are arguably only two major search directions: (i) to alter the meaning of cards away from controlling jobs; and (ii) to adopt alternative, more sophisticated backlog sequencing rules. In this study, we outline a simple, practical load-based ConWIP system that changes the meaning of cards. Rather than controlling the number of jobs, cards are associated with a certain amount of workload. Simulation results demonstrate the positive performance impact of limiting the total shop load. The Workload Control literature advocates the use of a corrected load measure as it better represents the direct load queuing at a station; but this worsens performance when compared to a shop load measure in the context of ConWIP.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Industrial and Production Engineering on 13/02/2019, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21681015.2019.1576784