Günther Schuh and Maik Schürmeyer
Keywords: Production Planning and Control, Cybernetics, Ramp-up Management
Paper type: Research Paper
Published online: 30 October 2013
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Abstract Producing companies are confronted with a growing number of product ramp-ups, since product life cycles are decreasing and product diversity is increasing. Production Planning and Control (PPC) of ramp-up products is particularly challenging, as there is a significant lack of reliable experienced data. The information deficit is exceptionally high for the first step of PPC process, namely Production Program Planning (PPP). The paper in hand proposes an innovative approach of cybernetic PPP that enables companies with numerous ramp-ups to design reliable and fast PPP processes that can react highly adaptable on unpredictable environmental disturbances. The Viable System Model (VSM) is used as frame of reference for the design of PPP processes in line with principles from management cybernetics.