Production systems usually have limited resources and output. For this reason, creating a Master Production Schedule (MPS) can be very challenging, as multiple products and product lines require the use of shared resources. The MPS must provide careful coordination of production resources in a way that meets production demand for all product lines, maximizes productivity across factories and assembly lines, and minimizes inventory, all in consideration of workstation setup times.
Jacobs and Chase (2011) provide the following directives that master schedulers must consider when creating the MPS:
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