Impact of the continuous and periodic assessment of a buffer replenishment on the DDMRP method
Like Kanban or classic inventory management, Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning (DDMRP) assumes that an order is created when the stock level drops below a given level. The assessment of this level can be continuous or periodic. A periodic evaluation can force better repartition of the load over time. DDMRP characterizes the demand for a product by its average daily demand. This aggregation specifies neither the average size of the elementary demands nor the average duration between two elementary demands. Based on a discrete event simulation model, this study suggests that, at least for a flow-shop organization, the DDMRP method, with continuous order generation, is suitable for large mean time between elementary orders, while periodic observation improves the method for small values of it.