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Capacity Planning and Production Control with POLCA for High Mix/Custom-Engineered Products

Ananth Krishnamurthy, Assistant Professor, Decision Science & Engineering Systems Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

September 19-20, 2006

Registration has been extended to August 23, 2006
Discounts available for New York State companies

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In today’s environment every manufacturer seeks to improve competitiveness, reduce costs, increase customer satisfaction and loyalty. Lean manufacturing and just-in-time techniques promise these benefits, but they are mostly applicable to repetitive high-volume production. For manufacturers with a high-mix, low volume environment, a better solution is now available.

A production control and capacity planning technique called POLCA combines the best aspects of push and kanban systems and adapts them to the needs of producers of high-mix or custom engineered products. With POLCA, such manufacturers have demonstrated:
- Inventory reductions of as much as 90%
- Lead time reductions of up to 60% and more
- Predictable production schedules for 99% on-time delivery
- The ability to compete on speed, even for custom engineered products
- Simplified planning and scheduling

Learn more about implementing this powerful system in this workshop. At the workshop you will:
  • Learn capacity planning and production tradeoffs in industries with high-mix or custom-engineered products.
  • Identify efficient strategies that enable lead time reduction and quick response
  • Demonstrate POLCA in hands-on exercises
  • Discuss case studies in POLCA implementation
  • Address specific questions and concerns of participants

Because of the hands-on nature of the instruction, participation will be limited. Only up to three participants from any single company can be admitted. Please contact Michael Shimazu, Associate Director of the CATS at 518-276-3953 for further information.

About the Instructor: Ananth Krishnamurthy is Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is an expert in queueing theory, stochastic modeling, complex systems and the development of manufacturing control policies. He has consulted with several US manufacturers in the implementation of quick response systems and delivered numerous courses in POLCA and other systems. Dr. Krishnamurthy has been a participant in the Frontiers of Engineering program of the National Academy of Engineering. He holds a Masters degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and the Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

Short Course Schedule

9/19-9/20, 2006
3/14-3/15, 2006

Ananth Krishnamurthy

Capacity Planning and Production Control with POLCA for High Mix/Custom-Engineered Products




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