Abstract for: The Efficiency of Alternative Control Mechanisms in a MTO three-stage tandem Production/Inventory System

In this work we develop a SD model for a make-to-order (MTO) three-stage capacitated production/inventory system. We employ a production order release mechanism affiliated with the automated pipeline inventory and order based production control system (APIOBPCS) policies family. The production rates at each stage are defined under alternative policies. One of the policies considers the human behavior in the decision making process. The robustness of the alternative policies is investigated through the dynamic response of the system under step and pulse changes in demand. Finally, the efficiency of the alternative policies is examined by means of six performance criteria.