A model for determining tactical parameters for materials requirements planning systems

Arthur V Hill, Amitabh S. Raturi

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This paper develops an approximate model for simultaneously determining reorder intervals and planned lead times for MRP systems. Unlike previous research, this model explicitly considers commonality, non-instantaneous production, multiple work centres (with multiple machines and with limited capacity), and queue inventory carrying cost. Four heuristic solution procedures for the non-linear integer optimization problem are proposed and compared with an exact branch-and-bound algorithm on a set of forty test problems. The results suggest that two of the heuristics are both effective and efficient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-620
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the Operational Research Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1992



  • Heuristics
  • Materials requirements planning
  • Multi-echelon production-inventory systems

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