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Operations Management: An Integrated Approach, 5th Edition by Nada R. Sanders, R. Dan Reid

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HOW TO SEQUENCE JOBS

images Operation sequencing

A short-term plan of actual jobs to be run in each work center based on available capacity and priorities.

images Queue

Waiting line.

images Priority rule

Determines the priority of jobs at a work center.

images Local priority rule

Makes a priority decision based on jobs currently at that work center.

images Global priority rule

Makes a priority decision based on information that includes the remaining work centers a job must pass through.

When several jobs need to be done, how do you decide which one to do first? Do you work on the job that you have to finish first? The job you enjoy doing? The job you can finish the fastest? The job that has the biggest payoff? When you decide which job to do first, you are sequencing them.

The eleventh edition of the APICS Dictionary defines operation sequencing or job sequencing as a technique for short-term planning of actual jobs to be run in each work center based on capacity and priorities. We expect a work center to have several ...

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