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Short-term manpower management in manufacturing systems: new requirements and DSS prototyping

Grabot, Bernard and Letouzey, Agnès Short-term manpower management in manufacturing systems: new requirements and DSS prototyping. (2000) Computers in Industry, vol. 43 (n° 1). pp. 11-29. ISSN 0166-3615

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0166-3615(00)00058-0

Abstract

The short-term planning and scheduling of discrete manufacturing systems has mostly focused in the past on the management of machines, implicitly considered as the critical resources of the workshops. Some of the present schedulers claim to also manage human resources, but perform most of the time a local allocation of operators to machines, these operators having regular working hours. However, it seems clear that the workforce has a specificity that should be better taken into account by short-term planning facilities. Moreover, the variability of the weekly working hours through the year will shortly become a rule and not anymore an exception. On the base of a questionnaire answered by 19 French companies of different sizes and industrial sectors, we have tried to identify more precisely some industrial requirements concerning the short-term management of human resources. The growing interest in annualised hours together with the lack of software tools that allow to implement it practically is one of the results of this questionnaire. We suggest in this article the specification of a decision support system for short-term manpower management under annualised hours, taking into account the competence of the operators. A software prototype has been developed according to these specifications; the results of a simple but representative example are described.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0166-3615(00)00058-0
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Institution: Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT
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Deposited By: Agnès Letouzey
Deposited On:05 Apr 2012 08:52

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