Graphical tools for production planning in small medium industries (SMIs) based on pinch analysis

Joseph S. H. Lim, Dominic Chwan Yee Foo, Denny K S Ng, Ramlan Aziz, Raymond R. Tan

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Small medium industries (SMIs) routinely face supply variations in their production cycle. Such firms are typically characterised by limited resources and insufficiency of funds. Thus, SMIs need simple solutions to cope with the production planning issues. Pinch analysis has been proven as a strategy for planning of efficient use of scarce resources. Recently, it has been extended to various production planning problems. In this paper, a simple novel graphical approach is proposed to address two common production planning problems in SMI's, which are warehouse space allocation and production capacity planning. Two industrial case studies are shown in this paper to illustrate the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-646
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Manufacturing Systems
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014


  • Pinch analysis
  • Production planning
  • Small and medium industries
  • Targeting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software


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