Cost effectiveness of production control systems

  • G. Beaumont

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


This thesis deals with the problems associated with the planning and control of production, with particular reference to a small aluminium die casting company. The main problem areas were identified as:
(a) A need to be able to forecast the customers demands upon the company's facilities.
(b) A need to produce a manufacturing programme in which the output of the foundry (or die casting section) was balanced with the available capacity in the
machine shop.
(c) The need to ensure that the resultant system enabled the company's operating budget to have a reasonable chance of being achieved.

At the commencement of the research work the major customers were members of the automobile industry and had their own system of forecasting, from which they issued manufacturing schedules to their component suppliers, The errors in the forecast were analysed and the distributions noted. Using these
distributions the customer's forecast was capable of being modified to enable his final demand to be met with a known degree of confidence.
Before a manufacturing programme could be developed the actual manufacturing system had to be reviewed and it was found that as with many small companies there was a remarkable lack of formal control and written data.
Relevant data with regards to the component and the manufacturing process had therefore to be collected and analysed. The foundry process was fixed but the secondary machining operations were analysed by a technique similar to Component Flow Analysis and as a result the machines were arranged in a series of flow lines.
A system of manual production control was proposed and for comparison, a local computer bureau was approached and a system proposed incorporating the production of additional management information.
These systems are compared and the relative merits discussed and a proposal made for implementation.
Date of AwardJun 1974
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorR.H. Thornley (Supervisor)


  • Cost effectiveness
  • production control systems

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