Publications and Articles of interest to inventory and manufacturing professionals
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examines inventory optimising approaches by comparing traditional Pareto-based ABC with the K Curve strategy. BPCIS Control Journal, June/July 1994.
shows how the Caradon MK Cable Management Division reduced inventory by 45% (more than £1.5 million) and increased complete and on-time deliveries by over 10%. IOM Control Journal, Vol. 25 - No. 02, March 1999.
compares complex mathematical optimising with the more pragmatic K Curve approach. First published as a working paper by Mike Schwarz at the Faculty of Mathematics, Hamburg University, August 1999.
examines overage - or excess inventory. International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 81-83, 2003.
explores how mass customisation can improve the flow of material down the supply chain. IOM Control Journal, Vol. 23 - No. 4, May 1998.
This paper is the first in a set of three that all look at different options available to optimise inventory. This article looks at the basics of ABC control. IOM Control Journal, Vol. 28 - No. 10, December 2002/January 2003.
The main part of this paper focuses on the development of options available for managers to improve inventory performance and discusses inventory optimisation at aggregate and item level. IOM Control Journal, Vol. 29 - No. 05, July/August 2003.
This article discusses the outcome of an extensive research project. The completion of the project has led to the development of a decision-aid that allows the prediction of eventual MRP System Performance by using the Pareto Principle and setting the MRP Parameters to suit this.
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