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Syllabus for

Academic year
TEK240 - Production logistics
Syllabus adopted 2008-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPPEN
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Engineering and Management, Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0107 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   25 May 2009 pm H,  24 Aug 2009 pm V

In programs

MPSYS SYSTEMS, CONTROL AND MECHATRONICS, MSC PROGR - Automation specialization, Year 1 (elective)


Professor  Mats Johansson


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Compulsory for students in the Production management track of the master program in Production Engineering. Elective for students in the master programs Supply Chain Management, Quality and Operations Management, and for students from the programs Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Automation. Other students should have passed a basic course in logistics, operations management or similar.


The course in Production logistics takes departure form the manufacturing planning and control (MPC) system. The focus is on mid and short term materials, priority and capacity planning, from the master production schedule and the rough cut capacity planning, via detailed materials and capacity planning to production activity control, including capacity requirement planning. At shop floor level, concepts such as kanban and OPT are included. This leads to the physical materials flow process, its activities and efficiency of in-plant materials flow processes. Related parts of management information systems and production databases are included. The aim is then to understand the role of MPC in the manufacturing system, chose methods and techniques at the different planning levels, master selected methods and techniques, and apply these in common manufacturing environments.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- to understand and be able to use existing methods and models for Manufacturing Planning and Control (MPC),
- to understand the characteristics of existing software support for MPC,
- to understand how different planning environments affect the MPC conditions,
- to understand the role of MPC in business and supply chain strategies,
- to be able to specify and configure planning and control systems for specific manufacturing functions and environments,
- to understand the MPC relation to common production and materials flow activities
- to be able to analyze efficiency of in-plant material flows and understand the principles of achieving efficiency in such systems.
- to understand the performance impact of how MPC systems are used in practice.


Manufacturing and supply chain planning structures, perspectives and environments
o Manufacturing planning goals
o General structures and perspectives on planning
o Planning environment characteristics
o Characteristics of classic planning approaches
Aggregated manufacturing planning
o Strategic planning
o Sales and operations planning
o Approaches to aggregated planning
o Demand fulfilment and ATP
Materials planning (medium term)
o Materials planning approaches and methods
o Safety stock methods
o Materials planning in manufacturing networks
Capacity planning (medium term)
o Capacity planning approaches and methods
o Rough-cut capacity planning
o Capacity requirement planning
Production activity control
o The production activity control process
o Order-based and rate-based planning
o Scheduling approaches and methods
o Sequencing
o Order release management, OPT, Bottleneck scheduling
o Final assembly scheduling, mixed and multi model assembly planning
Supplier and supply system issues
o The materials supply process
o Vendor scheduling and planning information
o Buyer-supplier integrated procurement processes, VMI, etc
Information and communication technology for MPC
o Planning and execution systems for MPC
o Planning data and data-bases
o Exchange of planning information and information quality
o Electronic data transfer and automatic data capture (EDI, RFID)
MPC in relation to manufacturing and materials flow processes
o Efficient in-plant material flows
o Goods receiving operations
o Warehousing operations
o In-plant materials supply systems
o Delivery operations


The course is organized in several types of activities:
1. Lectures and seminars, providing the theoretical understanding
2. Exercises, aiming at practicing MPC techniques
3. Case studies, connecting related sub-systems
4. Guest lectures and company visits, giving insights of industrial applications and current issues.


A basic textbook in Manufacturing Planning and Control, e.g. Vollmann et al. together with selected papers and book chapters as complement, e.g. concerning materials flow activities and information systems. These texts are available in electronic format at Chalmers Library.


Final written exam.
Attendance at guest lectures, company visits and other mandatory activities.
Case reports.

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