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