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Shortening set-up times in order to increase flexibility


Every set-up process can be broken up in external and internal activities. External activities can be completed while the station in need of the set-up is still running. Such activities can be moved up front, e.g. preparing patients outside of the operating room while another patient is still being operated on inside. If set-up times can also be improved through other activities (standardization, process optimisation etc.), flow unit types can be changed more often and flexibility is increased. This idea lies at the heart of the mixed-model production, which also profits from configuring a network of production facilities for pooling in order to be more flexible in catering to demand.

These lecture notes were taken during 2013 installment of the MOOC “An Introduction to Operations Management” taught by Prof. Dr. Christian Terwiesch of the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania at Coursera.org.
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