We recommend the following book, and will suggest complementary readings throughout the class:

Simchi-Levi, David, Philip Kaminsky, and Edith Simchi-Levi. Designing and Managing the Supply Chain. 2nd ed. New York, NY: McGraw Hill, 2003. ISBN: 0071410317. (SKS)

We also recommend and suggest the following books as useful references or complements:

Hopp, Wallace, and Mark Spearman. Factory Physics. 2nd ed. Boston, MA: Irwin, 2000. ISBN: 0256247951. (HS)

Nahmias, Steven. Production and Operations Analysis. 4th ed. Boston, MA: Irwin, 2000. ISBN: 0072417412. (N)

Chopra, Sunil and Peter Meindl. Supply Chain Management. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2004. ISBN: 013101028X. (CM)

Shapiro, Jeremy. Modeling the Supply Chain. Pacific Grove, CA: Duxbury, 2001. ISBN: 0534373631. (S)

Silver, Edward, David Pyke, and Rein Peterson. Inventory Management and Production Planning and Scheduling. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Wiley, 1998. ISBN: 0471119474. (SPP)

1 Introduction and Course Overview


Manufacturing System Design

Class will introduce and discuss key topics in manufacturing system design by means of an example: design of a PC production facility, including choice of assembly configuration, set up of material handling system, capacity sizing.

Furey, T. M. “Decision Elements in the Design of a Consumer Electronics Assembly Plant.” S. M. thesis. MIT, 1999.

Optional Readings

N, pp. 447-452, and 561-598.

HS, pp. 626-645.

Alvarez Lopez, Liana. “Design and Implementation of Cellular Manufacturing in a Job Shop Environment.” S. M. thesis. MIT, 1997.

3 Manufacturing System Design: Service Systems

4 Supply Chain Design I Read: SKS, Chapter 2.

Manufacturing System Design: High volume automated lines - choice of buffers and buffer sizing

Guest speaker - Dr. Mitchell Burman, Analytics, Inc. Boston, MA. In this class we will hear about various projects on the analysis and design of automated production lines with finite buffers.

Burman, M., S. Gershwin, and C. Suyematsu. “HP Uses Operations Research to Improve the Design of a Printer Production Line.” Interfaces 28 (Jan-Feb 1998): 24-36.
6 Supply Chain Design II Read the MetalWork Corporation Case
7 Decentralized Distribution Systems

8 Revenue Management Read: SKS, Chapter 7.
9 Guest Speaker

10 Pricing Strategies

11 Design of a Supply Chain for a New Product Graves, S., and S. Willems. “Optimizing the Supply-Chain Configuration for New Products.” Proceedings of the 2000 MSOM Conference. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, June 2000, p. 8.
12 Guest Speaker: Mike Romeri, Lead Director, Process Technology Group at PRTM

13 Flexibility and Capacity Planning

14 Internet Based B2B Procurement Strategies

15 Flexibility and Capacity Planning

16 Class Summary and Wrap Up

Course Info

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