Sequencing policy for a CONWIP production system
The optimization of the performance of a constant Work-in-Progress (CONWIP) production system through the sequencing of its backlog list is investigated. The performance measures considered are throughput, optimum WIP level (m*), and flow time. Analysis of the effects of sequence dependent bottlenecks on system performance is provided. A procedure is presented to determine a lower bound for (m*) given the product mix. A method that determines (m*) given the sequence of jobs is provided. A heuristic algorithm is provided for the purpose of determining a sequence to minimize (m*). The algorithm attempts to sequence the jobs to achieve the "best fit" between consecutive jobs so that machine and job idle times are minimized. The algorithm is tested through computer implementation to reveal its proficiency.