Operational impact of product variety in the process industry

Alexandria Lee Moseley, Lars Hvam, Zaza Nadja Lee Herbert-Hansen

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this research article is to examine the impact of product variety on production performance in the process industry. As the number of product
    variants sold by a process company typically impacts the run length, production data from a mineral wool insulation manufacturer is analyzed
    to quantify the impact of longer runs on productivity . In testing the hypothesis that longer runs lead to higher productivity, the results show that the number of variants in itself is not a sufficient parameter to explain the variation in production performance; rather, the different types of product variants and their production sequence must also be considered. Based on the findings, a method for quantifying the production cost of product variety
    in the process industry is developed, add ing to the literature a rich case howcasing factors which influence production performance and the impact
    is measured with metrics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Mass Customization and Personalization in Central Europe (MCP-CE 2016)
    Number of pages9
    Publication date2016
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event7th international conference on mass customization and personalization in Central Europe - Novi Sad, Serbia
    Duration: 21 Sep 201623 Sep 2016
    http://www.mcp-ce.org/

    Conference

    Conference7th international conference on mass customization and personalization in Central Europe
    CountrySerbia
    CityNovi Sad
    Period21/09/201623/09/2016
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    Moseley, A. L., Hvam, L., & Herbert-Hansen, Z. N. L. (2016). Operational impact of product variety in the process industry. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Mass Customization and Personalization in Central Europe (MCP-CE 2016)