Development of a computerised workshop management program

Brombacher, Johannes Theodoor
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It is generally accepted that if a company's stock control and shop floor control systems are inadequate or they operate inefficiently, then both productivity and profit potential within the company will inevitably be low. Such a company was investigated and the results presented in this report showed that the company's profile gives cause for concern. A study of the company's operating procedures showed that it Was operated in a static, paper driven environment which resulted in both an inadequate stock control system and a chaotic shop floor control system. This projeot report looks at the feasibility of introducing a menu driven data base to operate an order point inventory system within an independent demand environment, as well as monitoring shop flOOr activity. The introduction of the data base would result in a dynamic, realtime shop floor control system. By using the data base the stock levels could be reduced by as much as 77 percent from present levels and the store could be run on modern stock control methods without the store managers having any knowledge of stock control. As a result of introducing the stock control system it was anticipated that the time to train staff would also bf reduced substantially, the company could now account for every expense incurred and the opportunities for pilferage would be greatly reduced. The computer package was written in such a manner that computer recommendations could be overwritten by system users, thus the human element was retained and stores personnel would not be given the feeling of being redundant. The introduction of this data base would allow the company to respond to challenges an problems in a dynamic and accurate way.
A project report submitted to the Faculty of Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Soience in Engineering. Johannesburg 1991