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Effective Maintenance and Production Planning using Linear Programming and Simulation at NF Oil Plant

Mushuku, T.N. (2011) Effective Maintenance and Production Planning using Linear Programming and Simulation at NF Oil Plant.

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Abstract

Proceedings of the 40th Annual Operations Research Society of Southern Africa (ORSSA) Conference, 18-21 September 2011, Elephant Hills, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe,There is always a conflict betwee maintenance and production teams in companies with the need to achieve individual set targets. Looking from a strategic point of view the goal should be for the growth of the organization. This paper sets to demonstrate the development of a production and maintenance system for the NF Oil Plant, using linear programming and simulation tools. The Simplex Method was used in Production Planning and Simulation of the plant was done to verify applicability of Maintenance and Production plans. Through experimentation, significant savings on boiler fuel of up to 27% are shown to be possible with less than 3% reduction in anticipated contribution. In addition, more than 15% increases in throughput for some plant sections was demonstrated, with a further 7% increase in worker utilisation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Maintenance,Production Planning,Linear Programming,Simulation,Simplex Method
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Universities > State Universities > National University of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Mr. Evans Katiyo
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 02:32
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 02:32
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/1337

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