Product wheels power production

For some manufacturers, going circular improves planning, scheduling and operations

By Peter L. King and Alan H. Nall

Industrial and systems engineers are often called upon to help operations managers decide how to resolve the challenges that today’s dynamic markets present. How can we be ready to respond quickly to normal demand upswings but not waste resources in periods of low demand? How do we determine the product sequence that minimizes the total cost? How frequently should we schedule each product? Which products should we make to stock, and which should be made to order?

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