An IE Student's Study Guide for Bottleneck Scheduling Using Theory of Constraints (Paperback)
Shahrukh A. Irani and Heng Huang
Department of Industrial, Welding and Systems Engineering
The Ohio State University
210 Baker Systems Engineering
1971 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
The Theory Of Constraints (TOC) was first proposed by Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt (co-author of The Goal). This study guide seeks to introduce the reader to the theoretical underpinnings of TOC and its associated scheduling technique, DBR (Drum-Buffer-Rope), but more importantly, relate them to some of the traditional models for machine loading, machine scheduling, flowshop vs. jobshop scheduling, etc. discussed in Industrial Engineering (IE) and Operations Management (OM) textbooks. There is a gap between the qualitative literature on Dr. Goldratt's ideas and methods for industrial scheduling, and the algorithmic but mainly theoretical treatment of basic scheduling problems that dominates the typical IE textbook on Production Control (or Operations Management). Despite the numerous questions and doubts that any academician may have about the efficacy of TOC and its associated scheduling technique, DBR (Drum-Buffer-Rope), The Goal was an eye-opener for the authors of this guide. In particular, Sadono Djumin felt that it is critical that IE students entering industry learn a healthy combination of "what works in practice" and "what is the (academic) theory underlying what works in practice". This motivated him to combine the lecture notes for ISE 533 Production Systems III, a core course in the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) curriculum at The Ohio State University, with additional literature on TOC that he collected from various journals, books and websites. Many hours of painstaking research were invested in his final report for the ISE693 Individual Studies in Industrial Engineering project that evolved into this study guide. All readers of this guide, be they students or industry practitioners, are welcome to submit comments and suggestions that will enhance the instructional content and industrial validity of future editions.
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 13 October, 2010.