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Process flexibility revisited : the graph expander and its applications
We examine how to design a flexible process structure for a production system to match supply with demand more effectively. We argue that good flexible process structures are essentially highly connected graphs, and we use ...
On the performance of sparse process structures in partial postponement production systems
Production postponement, the strategy to hold reserved production capacity that can be deployed based on actual demand signals, is often used to mitigate supply-demand mismatch risk. The effectiveness of this strategy ...
Design for process flexibility : efficiency of the long chain and sparse structure
The concept of chaining, or in more general terms, sparse process structure, has been extremely influential in the process flexibility area, with many large automakers already making this the cornerstone of their business ...