Capacity Management: Aggregate Planning, Flowline Analysis and Line Balancing

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2.00 hours
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About the Course

This course covers the use of the aggregate planning approach to capacity planning, primarily looking at workforce requirements.

Course Description

Aggregate planning is a useful technique for establishing workload requirements. To properly determine capacity, your organization must be able to carefully analyze process flows. In accomplishing the analysis, simple bounds can be used to get a quick measure of capacity and variability issues. The outgrowth of this analysis is to effectively utilize resources by balancing lines and making them self-balancing whenever possible.

In this course, we will explore using the aggregate planning approach for capacity planning, primarily looking at workforce requirements. We will also review constant production using a constant production rate, zero inventories, or zero shortage plans. In addition, we will use a linear programming example to show how to develop an aggregate capacity plan.

Once we have examined the basics of this approach, we will introduce a practical size-capacity planning problem using a bottling plant that introduces variability and sets the stage for a discussion on flow line analysis. Finally, we will address the issues in line balancing, including a technique that can be used, in certain situations, to enable the line to self- balance.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Develop an aggregate capacity plan.
  • Determine bounds for capacity measures in a flow line.
  • Use Little's law.
  • Benchmark performance of a flow line with respect to capacity.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Aggregate Capacity Planning
    • Constant Plans
    • A Linear Programming Model
  • Flowline Analysis
    • Little's Law
    • Factory Bounds
  • Line Balancing