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Manufacture of a Biodegradable Detergent on Small Scale

Author(s): Abdulla A. Aziz A. Majeed | Jairam Singh

Journal: International Journal of Engineering
ISSN 1985-2312

Volume: 4;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 443;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Production scheduling | Operations Management | Supply chain Management

This paper deals with an aggregate planning for a small scale production unit using a network flow model for full utilization of its capacity to meet the changing forecasted demand .The formulation of the problem is done by using the given inventory capacity with backorders by making a trade-off among inventory costs , backlog costs, production and subcontracting costs. The total cost function and the constraint inequalities were developed assuming the cost functions to be linear. The parameters of objective function and the constraints were estimated from the economics of the plant. The values of the work force, overtime, backlog, amount subcontracted were determined for a planning horizon of six months using an LP computer package. This method of production scheduling took care of the fluctuating demand utilizing the full capacity of the plant.
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