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Batching decisions: structure and models

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Batching decisions are one of management's instruments to impact performance of goods-flow systems. There is a vast body of literature on analysis and modelling of batching. This paper aims to provide a structure for batching decisions that can help in positioning batching research and models with respect to issues pertinent to goods-flow management. The basis of the structure is a distincton of batching issues as related to three decision levels : (I) process choice/design, (II) activity planning (aggregate planning and activity programming), (III) activity control. Furthermore, the paper discusses some often heard criticisms of batching analysis. The paper concludes with a little speculation of the authors on the future directions of batching research

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