The contribution of focus in collaborative planning for make-to-order production situation with large set-up times

T. van der Vaart, J. Wijngaard

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This paper investigates circumstances under which the advantages of focus compensate for the loss of pooling synergy in a make-to-order situation with two machines and an even number of identical product families. The results acquired through simulations show that in situation with large set-ups a small increase of the foreknowledge horizon is sufficient to realize the same utilization rate with focus as with pooling. The conclusion is that set-up time reduces the positive effects of pooling and that focus is attractive in situations with large set-ups. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-443
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jul-2007
Event13th International Symposium on Inventories - , Hungary
Duration: 1-Aug-2004 → …


  • supply chain integration
  • collaborative planning
  • large set-up times
  • pooling synergy
  • resource focus

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