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Title: Methodologies for the structured development and documentation of manufacturing planning and control systems
Author: Stirling, M. D.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3485 9831
Awarding Body: University of Salford
Current Institution: University of Salford
Date of Award: 2000
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Computerised Manufacturing Planning and Control, (MPC), systems are used by many manufacturing organisations and there has been a significant amount of research into the implementation and use of these systems. It is apparent that these systems, once implemented, require continuous development to meet changing business requirements. What is not well understood is the optimal approach for this development process. This thesis presents the findings of a collaborative industrial research project that addresses this issue. The collaborative partner was Ferodo Ltd., Chapel-en-le-Frith, a leading automotive friction product manufacturer. The project was conducted under the Total Technology scheme. A review of the development of MPC systems is presented. This review considers three approaches to MPC; Manufacturing Resource Planning, (MRPII), Just in Time, (JIT) and Optimised Production Technology, (OPT). It is shown that whilst there is diversity between these approaches and their application in industry, there is convergence between their data structure requirements. The work presented in this thesis is based around the MRPII package used within Ferodo. The research concentrated on defining methodologies for structured systems development, with two main themes:- 1. The development of a multi-stage methodology to assist in the appropriate choice of systems development technique for creation of an effective manufacturing database. 2. Following on from the above, the thesis identifies the need for structured, hierarchical documentation to accompany a manufacturing database. A methodology for creation of this documentation is presented which is based on a pre-defined, top level, template. The methodology uses modelling techniques and defines four levels of documentation to help system developers derive comprehensive documentation from this template. Intranet technology is proposed as a mechanism for providing general access to this documentation. Proposals for further work are presented which include additional testing of the systems development methodology and creation of templates for different industrial scenarios.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science ; K3921 Manufacturing industries