Using cyclic planning to manage capacity at ALCOA

Edie Schmidt, Maqbool Dada, James Ward, Duane Adams

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Abstract

ALCOA makes aluminum-tubing products to order. The product lines' success caused a backlog of customer orders and long customer lead times. This problem was exacerbated by frequent machine breakdowns at a bottleneck operation. ALCOA implemented cyclic planning to improve capacity management. The results were immediate and dramatic. Over eight months, output increased by over 20 percent, almost eliminating the backlog of customer orders. The cyclic-planning implementation resulted in additional benefits throughout the organization, including improved workforce planning and better machine maintenance scheduling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-27
Number of pages12
JournalInterfaces
Volume31
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Planning
Tubing
Scheduling
Aluminum
Lead time
Capacity management
Workforce planning
Product line
Machine breakdown

Keywords

  • Industries
  • Mining/Metals inventory/Production
  • Policies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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Schmidt, E., Dada, M., Ward, J., & Adams, D. (2001). Using cyclic planning to manage capacity at ALCOA. Interfaces, 31(3), 16-27.

Using cyclic planning to manage capacity at ALCOA. / Schmidt, Edie; Dada, Maqbool; Ward, James; Adams, Duane.

In: Interfaces, Vol. 31, No. 3, 05.2001, p. 16-27.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Schmidt, E, Dada, M, Ward, J & Adams, D 2001, 'Using cyclic planning to manage capacity at ALCOA', Interfaces, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 16-27.
Schmidt E, Dada M, Ward J, Adams D. Using cyclic planning to manage capacity at ALCOA. Interfaces. 2001 May;31(3):16-27.
Schmidt, Edie ; Dada, Maqbool ; Ward, James ; Adams, Duane. / Using cyclic planning to manage capacity at ALCOA. In: Interfaces. 2001 ; Vol. 31, No. 3. pp. 16-27.
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