Accession Number : AD0768174

Title :   A Preliminary Study of Optimal Control Applied to Inspection, Rework and Inventory Operations,

Corporate Author : ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND TEXARKANA TEX INTERN TRAINING CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Turk,Daniel Raymond

Report Date : JUL 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 79

Abstract : The major achievement of this research is the structuring of middle management decision making problems as an optimal control problem for a dynamical process. A combined quality assurance and inventory department is hypothesized for the process and typical management decisions are included as components of the control vector. Final value boundary conditions for target work force and inventory levels are assumed to be periodically furnished by upper echelon management. Initial values are assumed known. The criterion function is the sum over the planning horizon of weighted cost functions of state and control variables. Observation of the plant dynamics and resulting control actions occur at uniform discrete sampling intervals. The solution for the optimum control vectors is assumed to be computed by an on-line computer-controller in accordance with discrete maximum principle for synchronous sampling. As a result of the study, general steps are outlined for process identification by state variable methods and for approaches to the problem of optimal adaptive control. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, DECISION MAKING), INVENTORY CONTROL, QUALITY CONTROL, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, MATRICES(MATHEMATICS), OPTIMIZATION

Subject Categories : Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE