A postponement model for multi-item replenishment decision considering overtime, commonality, and quality reassurance

Yuan Shyi Peter Chiu, Victoria Chiu, Yunsen Wang, Ming Hon Hwang

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This study develops a postponement model for the multi-item replenishment decision featuring commonality, an overtime strategy, and product quality reassurance. A single machine is used to meet the steady demand for multiple products wherein product commonality exists among these end products. The proposed postponement model assumes that all pertinent common parts are fabricated in Stage 1 and the finished products are sequentially fabricated in Stage 2. Random nonconformance rates are associated with both fabrication stages, the repairable nonconforming common parts are separated from scrap, and reworking in each cycle helps ensure product quality for each completed batch. An overtime strategy is used to reduce the lengthy fabrication and rework times for common parts. Mathematical analyses and derivation allow us to obtain the total system costs. The optimization method helps find the optimal replenishment decision. We provide a numerical illustration to show (1) how our model works; (2) the individual impact of the system features (e.g., the overtime factor, commonality in terms of the common part completion rate and its relative value, and the issues pertaining to scrap/rework) on the optimal decision, utilization, and the total system cost; and (3) the collective influence of system features on the highlighted problem. This proposed decision-support model helps production managers achieve the operating goals of lowering total system expenses and cutting the length of the production cycle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-524
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial Engineering Computations
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2020


  • Common cycle time
  • Multiproduct replenishment decision
  • Overtime
  • Postponement
  • Product quality reassurance Commonality


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