Guidelines for the deployment and implementation of manufacturing scheduling systems

Área de Investigación: Articulos Año: 2012
Tipo de publicación: Artículo
Autores: Framiñán, J. M.; Ruiz, Rubén
Revista: International Journal of Production Research Volumen: 50
Número: 7 Páginas: 1799-1812
It has frequently been stated that there exists a gap between production scheduling theory and practice. In order to put theoretical findings into practice, advances in scheduling models and solution procedures should be embedded into a piece of software – a scheduling system – in companies. This results in a process that entails (1) determining its functional features, and (2) adopting a successful strategy for its development and deployment. In this paper we address the latter question and review the related literature in order to identify descriptions and recommendations of the main aspects to be taken into account when developing such systems. These issues are then discussed and classified, resulting in a set of guidelines that can help practitioners during the process of developing and deploying a scheduling system. In addition, identification of these issues can provide some insights to drive theoretical scheduling research towards those topics more in demand by practitioners, and thus help to close the aforementioned gap.
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