Although in principal, given an appropriate model of the factory under consideration, each approach could be simulated or subjected to analysis, such comparison is a practical nightmare. Commercial simulation packages do not support such high level strategies. Although they do allow users to exit into their implementation languages to construct custom features, building these high level quantity management policies from scratch is a serious undertaking. Furthermore, it is not the case that analysismethods exist that are powerful enough to directly compare such sophisticated policies. In any case, it is not often that manufacturing organizations have personnel with the skill set or time to build these custom features for simulators or to develop new analysis methods.
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