Application of queueing theory in bulk biotech manufacturing
Author(s)Donohue, Michael (Michael Tiahrt)
Leaders for Global Operations Program.
Charles Cooney and Steven Spear.
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One of the most challenging problems in Amgen's biological manufacturing facility is adhering to the daily schedule of production tasks. Delays in non-time critical tasks have been traced to temporary workload surges that exceed the production staff's capability to handle them. To quantify this effect, a method for creating an M/M/c queueing model that is specific for bulk biologic manufacturing processes was developed. The model was successfully validated by comparing the predicted results to the historical data for each of the five production shifts. A discussion of how to model different improvement programs is presented, and Amgen-specific data are presented. It was found that across-the-board task duration reductions will reduce the schedule deviation rate by up to 50%. Additionally, it is shown that implementing staff-cross training with other production areas will reduce the schedule deviation rate between 14% and 75%. Implementation aspects of these improvement initiatives in a regulated production environment are discussed.
Thesis (M.B.A.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management; and, (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Engineering Systems Division; in conjunction with the Leaders for Global Operations Program at MIT, June 2011."June 2011." Page 42 blank. Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (p. 41).
DepartmentSloan School of Management.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering Systems Division.; Leaders for Global Operations Program.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sloan School of Management., Engineering Systems Division., Leaders for Global Operations Program.