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Optimal Lead Time Policies

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  • Mark L. Spearman

    (School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332)

  • Rachel Q. Zhang

    (Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109)

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    This paper examines two due-date setting problems first studied by Wein (1991). The first problem seeks to minimize the average due-date lead time (due-date minus arrival date) of jobs subject to a constraint on the fraction of tardy jobs (Problem I) while the second uses the same objective subject to a constraint on average job tardiness (Problem II). We show that under very general conditions, Problem I leads to unethical practice (i.e., quote lead times for which there is no hope to achieve when the system is highly congested) while Problem II results in policies that quote lead times that are monotonically increasing with the congestion level. Furthermore, we prove that Problem II is equivalent to a policy that is widely used and is easy to compute. This policy quotes lead times that guarantee the same serviceability level (the fraction of tardy jobs) to all jobs.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 45 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 2 (February)
    Pages: 290-295

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:45:y:1999:i:2:p:290-295
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    1. Lawrence M. Wein & Philippe B. Chevalier, 1992. "A Broader View of the Job-Shop Scheduling Problem," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 38(7), pages 1018-1033, July.
    2. Izak Duenyas & Wallace J. Hopp, 1995. "Quoting Customer Lead Times," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 41(1), pages 43-57, January.
    3. James K. Weeks, 1979. "A Simulation Study of Predictable Due-Dates," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 25(4), pages 363-373, April.
    4. Izak Duenyas, 1995. "Single Facility Due Date Setting with Multiple Customer Classes," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 41(4), pages 608-619, April.
    5. Shanthikumar, J. G. & Buzacott, J. A., 1984. "The time spent in a dynamic job shop," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 17(2), pages 215-226, August.
    6. Kenneth R. Baker, 1984. "Sequencing Rules and Due-Date Assignments in a Job Shop," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 30(9), pages 1093-1104, September.
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