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Towards a Feasible Production Strategy: The Development of a Lead-Time Practice at a Chemical Producer

Tempel, Jesper LU and Flinck, Oliver LU (2016) MTT820 20161
Engineering Logistics
Abstract
ChemCo is a high quality producer in the speciality chemical market, a market characterised by complex production and high variability. With limited system-support and limited data quality, delivery accuracy suffered, and so did production efficiency. ChemCo believed that this was due to poor lead-time performance, why they wished to research the problem. Research on setting lead-times has focused on objective positivist science, where many models are too complicated for practical use. The authors wish to provide ChemCo with a solution of high practical value that has a genuine base in theory, while also being adjusted for their context.

This study aims at providing ChemCo with recommendations on feasible modelling of lead-times that... (More)
ChemCo is a high quality producer in the speciality chemical market, a market characterised by complex production and high variability. With limited system-support and limited data quality, delivery accuracy suffered, and so did production efficiency. ChemCo believed that this was due to poor lead-time performance, why they wished to research the problem. Research on setting lead-times has focused on objective positivist science, where many models are too complicated for practical use. The authors wish to provide ChemCo with a solution of high practical value that has a genuine base in theory, while also being adjusted for their context.

This study aims at providing ChemCo with recommendations on feasible modelling of lead-times that is suited for their context.

The researchers developed a detailed framework to guide research, based on the concept of an actors view and action research. The problem would be analysed based on the context at ChemCO, and research were to be developed iteratively in cycles.

Through three approaches, the researchers finally recommend a new approach to production planning which would provide simple calculations for lead-times: ChemCo should implement cyclical production scheduling, adjusted for their context. The technique would reduce changeovers and allocate production time based on demand. Impact is expected in many areas, where production output showed to increase, further likely to affect the firm's KPIs. (Less)
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Tempel, Jesper LU and Flinck, Oliver LU
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organization
alternative title
Mot en hållbar produktions-strategi: Utvecklingen av ledstids-metodik hos en producen av kemikalier
course
MTT820 20161
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Lead-times, Production Planning, Campaign Planning, Cyclical Production Scheduling, High Grade Speciality Chemical Market
report number
5817
language
English
id
8889975
date added to LUP
2016-08-31 10:15:11
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2016-08-31 10:15:11
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  abstract     = {ChemCo is a high quality producer in the speciality chemical market, a market characterised by complex production and high variability. With limited system-support and limited data quality, delivery accuracy suffered, and so did production efficiency. ChemCo believed that this was due to poor lead-time performance, why they wished to research the problem. Research on setting lead-times has focused on objective positivist science, where many models are too complicated for practical use. The authors wish to provide ChemCo with a solution of high practical value that has a genuine base in theory, while also being adjusted for their context.
 
This study aims at providing ChemCo with recommendations on feasible modelling of lead-times that is suited for their context.
 
The researchers developed a detailed framework to guide research, based on the concept of an actors view and action research. The problem would be analysed based on the context at ChemCO, and research were to be developed iteratively in cycles. 
 
Through three approaches, the researchers finally recommend a new approach to production planning which would provide simple calculations for lead-times: ChemCo should implement cyclical production scheduling, adjusted for their context. The technique would reduce changeovers and allocate production time based on demand. Impact is expected in many areas, where production output showed to increase, further likely to affect the firm's KPIs.},
  author       = {Tempel, Jesper and Flinck, Oliver},
  keyword      = {Lead-times,Production Planning,Campaign Planning,Cyclical Production Scheduling,High Grade Speciality Chemical Market},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Towards a Feasible Production Strategy: The Development of a Lead-Time Practice at a Chemical Producer},
  year         = {2016},
}