Use of a modified analytic hierarchy process in selecting push, pull or hybrid systems for material control
Authors: Razmi, Jafar; Ahmed, Pervaiz K.
Source: International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, Volume 5, Number 3, 6 September 2003 , pp. 262-278(17)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:Many organisations keep thousands of items in their warehouses, which at times may be in excess of 50% of all the company's expenses. Each item typically possesses its own unique characteristics, since it will typically have been sourced from different suppliers. Under these circumstances, it may not be rational or economical to deal with each item via a generic material control system (either push or pull system). This paper presents a multi‐criteria approach that utilises the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). The paper proposes a modified AHP, such that it is able to classify the materials and components for different Material Planning and Control Systems (MPCS), i.e. Kanban, MRP, hybrid, and Re‐Order Point (ROP) Systems. This modified AHP is better at rising to the challenge of diversity of material characteristics in deriving an optimal decision for MPCS system selection.
Keywords: COMPUTING JOURNALS; Computing Science, Applications and Software; Internet and Web Services; MANAGEMENT JOURNALS; Materials and Manufacturing; Operational Management, Marketing and Services; Policy and Organisational Management; TECHNICAL JOURNALS
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Industrial Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, PO Box 11365-4563, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran. Wolverhampton Business School, Shropshire Campus, Shifna Road, Priorslee, Telford TF2 9NT, UK
Publication date: 2003-09-06
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