Postprint version. Published in Annals of CIRP, Volume 55, Issue 1, January 1, 2006, pages 437-440.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author A.M. Deif was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
This paper presents a dynamic manufacturing planning and control (MPC) system that can maintain agility through the ability to dynamically switch between different policies due to varying market strategies. The dynamic behavior of the developed system is investigated by studying the effect of the time based parameters on responsiveness and cost effectiveness of the system reflected in the natural frequency and the damping of its different configurations. Results showed that the agility requirements are directly affected by the time based parameters of the MPC system: production lead time, capacity scalability delay, and shipment time. This resulted in a better understanding of the requirements for a well designed agile MPC system.