This text is an extensively revised and a thoroughly expandedversion of the author’s earlier book entitled Computer-Aided Production Management. It is specially designed to suit the latest syllabi of courses on Production/Operations Management offered by various universities to the undergraduate students of Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering and Industrial Engineering as well as students of Master of Business Administration (MBA) specializing in Production and Operations Management stream.
The book offers a balanced coverage of the fundamental principles of managing operations and the quantitative techniques used to support the functions of operations management. There are many worked-out examples in each chapter to enable students to comprehend the quantitative material of the book.
The text is divided into two parts. Techniques of operations research such as linear programming, transportation assignment models, dynamic optimization and waiting line models are discussed in Part I. Some generic classes with functions for array and matrix manipulation, analysis of queuing models and evaluation of probability for some standard distributions have been defined and used throughout for writing programs for diverse managerial applications.
Part II is devoted to a detailed discussion of management functions such as Product Design and Development, Forecasting, Capacity Analysis, Plant Layout, Assembly Line Balancing, Inventory Control, Materials Requirement Planning, Production Scheduling, Quality Control, Total Quality Management, Just in Time (JIT), Supply Chain Management, Maintenance Management and Six Sigma. Small computer programs have been given wherever required for solving practical problems. The functions developed in generic base classes have been used to take advantage of source code reusability offered by Object Oriented Programming (C++).