publication . Article . 1987

Freezing the Master Production Schedule Under Rolling Planning Horizons

V. Sridharan; William L. Berry; V. Udayabhanu;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 1987 Journal: Management Science, volume 33, issue 9 September, pages 1,137-1,149
The stability of the Master Production Schedule (MPS) is a critical issue in managing production operations with a Material Requirements Planning System. One method of achieving stability is to freeze some portion or all of the MPS. While freezing the MPS can limit the number of schedule changes, it can also produce an increase in production and inventory costs. This paper examines three decision variables in freezing the MPS: the freezing method, the freeze interval length, and the planning horizon length. Simulation experiment results are reported which suggest that freezing up to 50% of the planning horizon has a marginal effect on production and inventory co...
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free text keywords: material requirements planning, simulation: applications, inventory/production: planning horizons [production/scheduling]
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