This research focuses on solving the multistage processes pacemaker location problem. The aim is to implement lean continuous flow that can satisfy both a high service-level and low inventory cost. Simultaneously, we consider sophisticated variability, such as multi-products, random setup, random breakdown, yield loss, and batch processes, and other contingencies. The problem can be solved by a combination of multiple attribute decision-making and value stream mapping. A lean-pull production strategy adopts two work-in-process setups, and one supermarket as a buffer to create continuous flow. A practical thin film transistor-liquid crystal display manufacturing case study is utilised to illustrate the proposed method. The simulation results indicate that the inventory cost was reduced by over 57% after implementing a lean-pull production strategy.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering