A simulation approach for establishing limits on quality expenditures

Gerald T. Mackulak, Joseph Carter, Edward G. Mendez

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Abstract

This article proposes a methodology for quantitatively specifying the hidden cost of quality in a dry goods distribution warehouse. Determining this cost is particularly important in manual paced environments since it is difficult to estimate the potential savings of quality improvements. We develop a simulation approach for predicting the manpower requirements as a function of a percentage error function. This method will quantitatively set a maximum expenditure limit for any proposed quality improvement effort. The methodology could also be adapted to any other flexible manual paced operation using autonomous operators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-289
Number of pages9
JournalSimulation
Volume74
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2000

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Quality Improvement
Distribution of goods
Methodology
Error function
Warehouses
Costs
Percentage
Simulation
Requirements
Operator
Estimate

Keywords

  • Distribution
  • Logistics
  • Manpower
  • Quality
  • Warehousing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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Mackulak, G. T., Carter, J., & Mendez, E. G. (2000). A simulation approach for establishing limits on quality expenditures. Simulation, 74(5), 281-289.

A simulation approach for establishing limits on quality expenditures. / Mackulak, Gerald T.; Carter, Joseph; Mendez, Edward G.

In: Simulation, Vol. 74, No. 5, 05.2000, p. 281-289.

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Mackulak, GT, Carter, J & Mendez, EG 2000, 'A simulation approach for establishing limits on quality expenditures', Simulation, vol. 74, no. 5, pp. 281-289.
Mackulak GT, Carter J, Mendez EG. A simulation approach for establishing limits on quality expenditures. Simulation. 2000 May;74(5):281-289.
Mackulak, Gerald T. ; Carter, Joseph ; Mendez, Edward G. / A simulation approach for establishing limits on quality expenditures. In: Simulation. 2000 ; Vol. 74, No. 5. pp. 281-289.
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