Engineer-to-order (ETO) production planning and control: an empirical framework for machinery-building companies

Federico Adrodegari, Andrea Bacchetti, Roberto Pinto, Fabiana Pirola, Massimo Zanardini
2015 Production planning & control (Print)  
This paper illustrates the results of an empirical study involving 21 engineer-to-order (ETO) companies, operating in the machinery-building industry. The study investigates the needs and requirements of such companies in terms of software support for governing the businesses, with particular emphasis on production planning and control (PPC) processes. An empirical analysis investigated two main aspects: (i) the set of business activities performed by the companies in the analysed industry and
more » ... lysed industry and (ii) the relevant, high-level software functionalities required for the execution of such activities. As an answer to the observed compelling need for reviewing the general approaches to PPC in machinery-building companies, we develop an empirical, high-level production planning and scheduling reference framework, encompassing all the activities involved in the order fulfilment process.
doi:10.1080/09537287.2014.1001808 fatcat:l32edhewvjaebmtiz42hifsglm