Production

This table is used within the simulation-based experiments only (i.e. Simulation, Variation,  Comparison, Safety Stock Estimation, and Risk Analysis).

Inventory replenishment for a site is regulated by its inventory policy (defined in the Inventory table). For a DC, the required inventory is replenished by ordering the necessary product from a source in accordance with the Sourcing policy. For a Factory, the required inventory is replenished by producing the necessary product in accordance with the Production policy.

The Production table is used to define production policies:

Note: If a production site manufactures a product in batches, its Production Batch parameters override the Production parameters.

The measurement units and available currencies used throughout the scenario can be changed in the Units section of ALX Preferences.

Column

Description

Site

Defines the production site.

Double-click in the cell and choose the required site.

Note that the selected Site should be a Factory (defined in the DCs and Factories table). While you technically can select a DC or a Supplier as a production Site, such an entry will be ignored by the system.

Product

The product that will be produced. 

Double-click in the cell and choose the required product from the list (it lists all products defined in the Products table).

Type

The production policy type:

  • Simple make policy - the product amount required by the Inventory policy is produced in accordance with the production parameters.
  • Partial prodcution policy - sets the percentage of the required products (by the Inventory policy) to produce.

Parameters

The production parameters:

  • Production time per unit - the time required to produce 1 product unit.
  • Time unit - the time measurement unit.
  • Production percentage - [Available only if Partial production policy is set in the Type column] the percentage of the required amount to produce.

Note: The values of the Production time per unit and Production percentage can be either fixed or stochastic (defined by a probability distribution). For details on providing fixed or stochastic value refer to this section.

BOM

The BOM (Bill of Materials) for the product. The source materials are delivered to the production site in accordance with its Sourcing policy.

Double-click in the cell and choose the required BOM from the list (it lists all BOMs defined in the BOM table).

Production Cost 

The cost of producing one product unit. 

Note: If a Production Batch is defined, it overrides the product's Production Cost.

The list of available units comprises the units defined in the ALX settings.

Currency

The type of currency that the cost is expressed in.

CO2 per Product

The amount of CO2 emission per one produced product unit. 

Time Period

The time period during which the product is produced.

Double-click the corresponding row cell to choose among the available periods (previously defined in the Periods table).

Inclusion Type

Defines the status of the given production policy. 

  • Include - include this production policy into supply chain configuration.
  • Exclude - exclude this production policy from supply chain configuration. If selected, the table record will be grayed out to denote the current inclusion type. The table record stays editable.
    Note: If you feel that your scenario contains too many objects marked as "Excluded" and you know that you no longer use them, you can instantly remove all such objects.


 

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