TY - JOUR

T1 - Application of the cumulative flow graph to the case of a parallel flow system based on stock quantity

AU - Ichikizaki, Osamu

AU - Katagiri, Kengo

AU - Inada, Shuhei

AU - Kono, Hirokazu

PY - 2017

Y1 - 2017

N2 - In the area of materials stock-flow analysis, the cumulative graph is an effective method to visualize and analyze flow patterns and embedded problems, leading to identifying ways to improve material flows in production and service systems. However, since the conventional approach of cumulative flow graphs assumes a tandem flow shoptype one-way flow, the graph cannot be used in complicated flow patterns where each stage is comprised of parallel processes and materials flow back-and-forth between these stages. This paper proposes a method to apply a cumulative flow graph to the case of such parallel flow pattern, where a single stage is comprised of a main system and a subsystem, and materials repeatedly flow between these systems before finally flowing out from the process. For the purpose of identifying fundamental problems in the material flow, the method proposed focuses on depicting stock quantity in each system on the cumulative flow graph. The paper finally applies the method proposed to the actual case of a physical distribution system comprised of the main and secondary warehouses, and the validity of the method proposed is discussed and clarified using practical examples.

AB - In the area of materials stock-flow analysis, the cumulative graph is an effective method to visualize and analyze flow patterns and embedded problems, leading to identifying ways to improve material flows in production and service systems. However, since the conventional approach of cumulative flow graphs assumes a tandem flow shoptype one-way flow, the graph cannot be used in complicated flow patterns where each stage is comprised of parallel processes and materials flow back-and-forth between these stages. This paper proposes a method to apply a cumulative flow graph to the case of such parallel flow pattern, where a single stage is comprised of a main system and a subsystem, and materials repeatedly flow between these systems before finally flowing out from the process. For the purpose of identifying fundamental problems in the material flow, the method proposed focuses on depicting stock quantity in each system on the cumulative flow graph. The paper finally applies the method proposed to the actual case of a physical distribution system comprised of the main and secondary warehouses, and the validity of the method proposed is discussed and clarified using practical examples.

KW - Cumulative flow graph

KW - Inventory control

KW - Parallel flow pattern

KW - Problem identification

KW - Visualization method

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M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85034031918

SN - 1342-2618

VL - 68

SP - 191

EP - 200

JO - Journal of Japan Industrial Management Association

JF - Journal of Japan Industrial Management Association

IS - 3

ER -