An approach for rush order acceptance decisions using simulation and multi-attribute utility theory

Faisal Aqlan, Abdulaziz Ahmed, Omar Ashour, Abdulrahman Shamsan, Mohammad M. Hamasha

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Rush orders are orders with shorter lead times and higher operating priorities compared to regular orders. A company may accept rush order, regardless of its capacity or raw material constraints, to maintain customer satisfaction and/or increase profit. On the other hand, rush orders can cause problems in managing production systems due to the unbalanced use of system resources. In this paper, discrete event simulation (DES) and multi-attribute utility theory (MAUT) are integrated to study the impact of rush orders on the performance of a hybrid push-pull production system. The proposed approach is used to identify the best acceptance levels of rush orders. Numerical results showed that prioritising customer orders based on their associated utilities can improve the performance of a production system. In addition, the best acceptance levels of rush orders can be determined by maximising the performance of the production system while considering production constraints.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-630
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Journal of Industrial Engineering
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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