Industrial Engineering - MRP

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MRP

INTRODUCTION
IT WAS DISCUSSED IN DEMAND FORECASTING THAT IN THE DEPENDENT DEMAND SITUATION, IF THE DEMAND FOR AN ITEM IS KNOWN, THE DEMAND FOR OTHER RELATED ITEMS CAN BE DEDUCED. FOR EXAMPLE, IF THE DEMAND OF AN AUTOMOBILE IS KNOWN, THE DEMAND OF ITS SUB ASSEMBLIES AND SUB COMPONENTS CAN EASILY BE DEDUCED. FOR DEPENDENT DEMAND SITUATIONS, NORMAL REACTIVE INVENTORY CONTROL SYSTEMS (I.E. EOQ ETC.) ARE NOT SUITABLE BECAUSE THEY RESULT IN HIGH INVENTORY COSTS AND UNRELIABLE DELIVERY SCHEDULES. MORE RECENTLY, MANAGERS HAVE REALIZED THAT INVENTORY PLANNING SYSTEMS (SUCH AS MATERIALS REQUIREMENTS PLANNING) ARE BETTER SUITED FOR DEPENDENT DEMAND ITEMS. MRP IS A SIMPLE SYSTEM OF CALCULATING ARITHMETICALLY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE INPUT MATERIALS AT DIFFERENT POINTS OF TIME BASED ON ACTUAL PRODUCTION PLAN. MRP CAN ALSO BE DEFINED AS A PLANNING AND SCHEDULING SYSTEM TO MEET TIME-PHASED MATERIALS REQUIREMENTS FOR PRODUCTION OPERATIONS. MRP ALWAYS TRIES TO MEET THE DELIVERY SCHEDULE OF END PRODUCTS AS SPECIFIED IN THE MASTER PRODUCTION SCHEDULE.

MRP OBJECTIVES
MRP HAS SEVERAL OBJECTIVES, SUCH AS:
·         REDUCTION IN INVENTORY COST: BY PROVIDING THE RIGHT QUANTITY OF MATERIAL AT RIGHT TIME TO MEET MASTER PRODUCTION SCHEDULE, MRP TRIES TO AVOID THE COST OF EXCESSIVE INVENTORY.
·         MEETING DELIVERY SCHEDULE: BY MINIMIZING THE DELAYS IN MATERIALS PROCUREMENT, PRODUCTION DECISION MAKING, MRP HELPS AVOID DELAYS IN PRODUCTION THEREBY MEETING DELIVERY SCHEDULES MORE CONSISTENTLY.
·         IMPROVED PERFORMANCE: BY STREAM LINING THE PRODUCTION OPERATIONS AND MINIMIZING THE UNPLANNED INTERRUPTIONS, MRP FOCUSES ON HAVING ALL COMPONENTS AVAILABLE AT RIGHT PLACE IN RIGHT QUANTITY AT RIGHT TIME.

MRP SYSTEM
IT CAN BE SEEN FROM THE FIGURE THAT AN MRP SYSTEM HAS THREE MAJOR INPUT COMPONENTS:

·         MASTER PRODUCTION SCHEDULE (MPS): MPS IS DESIGNED TO MEET THE MARKET DEMAND (BOTH THE FIRM ORDERS AND FORECASTED DEMAND) IN FUTURE IN THE TAKEN PLANNING HORIZON. MPS MAINLY DEPICTS THE DETAILED DELIVERY SCHEDULE OF THE END PRODUCTS. HOWEVER, ORDERS FOR REPLACEMENT COMPONENTS CAN ALSO BE INCLUDED IN IT TO MAKE IT MORE COMPREHENSIVE.

·         BILL OF MATERIALS (BOM) FILE: BOM REPRESENTS THE PRODUCT STRUCTURE. IT ENCOMPASSES INFORMATION ABOUT ALL SUB COMPONENTS NEEDED, THEIR QUANTITY, AND THEIR SEQUENCE OF BUILDUP IN THE END PRODUCT. INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORK CENTERS PERFORMING BUILDUP OPERATIONS IS ALSO INCLUDED IN IT.
·         INVENTORY STATUS FILE: INVENTORY STATUS FILE KEEPS AN UP-TO-DATE RECORD OF EACH ITEM IN THE INVENTORY. INFORMATION SUCH AS, ITEM IDENTIFICATION NUMBER, QUANTITY ON HAND, SAFETY STOCK LEVEL, QUANTITY ALREADY ALLOCATED AND THE PROCUREMENT LEAD TIME OF EACH ITEM IS RECORDED IN THIS FILE.
AFTER GETTING INPUT FROM THESE SOURCES, MRP LOGIC PROCESSES THE AVAILABLE INFORMATION AND GIVES INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOLLOWING:

·         PLANNED ORDERS RECEIPTS: THIS IS THE ORDER QUANTITY OF AN ITEM THAT IS PLANNED TO BE ORDERED SO THAT IT IS RECEIVED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD UNDER CONSIDERATION TO MEET THE NET REQUIREMENTS OF THAT PERIOD. THIS ORDER HAS NOT YET BEEN PLACED AND WILL BE PLACED IN FUTURE.

·         PLANNED ORDER RELEASE: THIS IS THE ORDER QUANTITY OF AN ITEM THAT IS PLANNED TO BE ORDERED IN THE PLANNED TIME PERIOD FOR THIS ORDER THAT WILL ENSURE THAT THE ITEM IS RECEIVED WHEN NEEDED. PLANNED ORDER RELEASE IS DETERMINED BY OFFSETTING THE PLANNED ORDER RECEIPT BY PROCUREMENT LEAD TIME OF THAT ITEM.

·         ORDER RESCHEDULING: THIS HIGHLIGHT THE NEED OF ANY EXPEDITING, DE-EXPEDITING, AND CANCELLATION OF OPEN ORDERS ETC. IN CASE OF UNEXPECTED SITUATIONS.


REFERENCES : - www.nptel.iitm.ac.in








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