RESEARCH PAPERS: Offshore Mechanics

Expert System Technology for Capacity Planning and Productivity Improvement

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D. Angelides

McDermott International, Inc., New Orleans, LA 70112

G. Bitran

Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139

Th. Papageorge

Digital Equipment Corporation, Marlboro, MA 01752

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 111(2), 122-130 (May 01, 1989) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3257085 History: Received January 01, 1987; Revised November 25, 1987; Online October 30, 2009


An Expert System for Capacity Planning and consideration of tradeoffs in discrete Manufacturing is applied to a fabrication facility. A description of the system and its functionality is given first, followed by presentation and discussion of results from a case study. Tradeoffs between capacity, utilization, cost, lead time and work-in-process are considered, and the implication of different technologies, throughput and product mix are demonstrated. The system proves its value as a powerful tool for understanding the critical points of a given manufacturing environment, suggesting improvements and corrective actions for better productivity of an existing facility and helping in the design of a new facility.

Copyright © 1989 by ASME
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