A typology of production control situations in process industries

J.C. Fransoo, W.G.M.M. Rutten

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Discusses the variety of production control situations within process industries. Following a literature review, a typology is introduced which discriminates between two extreme types of process industries: batch/mix and process/flow businesses. Reviews the research in production and inventory control in each of the extreme types. Identifies a control framework for operations management in process/flow businesses. Notes that although detailed scheduling approaches for batch/mix businesses exist, a control framework for the latter is missing. Concludes that operations management in batch process industries needs considerable research attention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-57
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Operations & Production Management
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


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