Integral Logistics Management — Operations Management and Supply Chain Management Within and Across Companies

11.4.4 Extensions of the Batch Size Formula

Intended learning outcomes: Identify additional variables for lead-time-oriented batch sizing. Present lead-time-oriented batch sizing. Describe total costs curves, considering discount levels. Produce an overview on joint replenishment: kit and collective materials management.


1. Lead-time-oriented batch sizing is a generalization of the simplified approach using the EOQ formula for production, taking the cost of work in process into consideration.

As a complement to the variables in Figure 11.4.2.1, we add the variables shown in Figure 11.4.4.1. Most of these data come from the route sheet.

Fig. 11.4.4.1       Additional variables for lead-time-oriented batch sizing.

The EOQ has results according to the formula given in Figure 11.4.4.2. For details of the derivation, see [Nyhu91], p. 103. The denominator under the radical is significantly larger than the one in classic batch sizing only for a long manufacturing lead time.

Fig. 11.4.4.2       Lead-time-oriented batch sizing: determination of the minimum.

2. Batch size formation considering discount levels is a generalization of the simplified approach using the EOQ formula.

Figure 11.4.4.3 illustrates the decreasing batch-size-dependent unit costs as a function of the lot size, as well as the resulting total costs curves.

Fig. 11.4.4.3       Total costs curves, taking discount levels into consideration.

Batch-size-dependent unit costs CU are dependent on the purchased quantity. This is particularly valid for procured goods.

A quantity discount is a price reduction allowance on orders over a certain minimal order quantity or value.

For example, a supplier may offer a quantity discount for the whole order quantity with three discount levels; that is, reduced unit costs CU2 as soon as the quantity exceeds Xm2, CU3 as soon as the quantity exceeds Xm3, CU4, as soon as the quantity exceeds Xm4.

Every total costs curve for the various values of cost per piece demon­strates a minimum within the range of its validity. This is either the minimum of the corresponding total costs curve (X02 in Figure 11.4.4.3), or it lies on the border of a discount level curve (Xm3 in Figure 11.4.4.3). If dis­counts are not large, we may also argue that the batch sizes for the diffe­rent discount levels according to the EOQ formula will lie very close to each other. We may thus calculate the optimum batch size by selecting a partic­ular mean cost per piece, and then rounding it up to the next discount level.

A similar line of thinking is followed when evaluating economic efficiency and batch siz­ing in the case of alternative (less expensive) production processes using larger batch sizes.

3. Joint replenishment is joint planning for a group of related items, treating them as an item family.

Two examples of management of sets of items follow.

3a. In kit materials management, various goods are combined into a so-called (material) kit (because of their joint use in particular assemblies or products) and managed as a group.

The individual optimum batch size for an element i from a kit S with annual consumption AC of S results from the formula in Figure 11.4.4.4.

Fig. 11.4.4.4       Individual optimum batch sizes for an element i of kit S with annual consumption ACS.

Instead of these individual batch sizes, we may determine a kit batch size XS using the compromise formula in Figure 11.4.4.5.

Fig. 11.4.4.5       Kit batch size XS.

If the component kits are very heterogeneous with respect to the two factors in the batch size formulas above, we can form more homogeneous planning subgroups that are then used for separate batch sizings. Another possibility is to form an economic batch for the most value-intensive components. We then set the batch size of less value-intensive materials positions as whole-number multiples of this batch for correspondingly less frequent procurement.

3b. In collective materials management,we form material groups, or planning groups, whose setup and ordering costs can be reduced, if the batches are ordered collectively.

Valid criteria for collective materials management include:

  • The same supplier for purchased parts (taking advantage of simplified administration and/or a total invoice discount)
  • The same production technique for in-house production (e.g., for a product family), whereby simplified machine setup achieves a reduction in the total setup costs

In the case of collective materials management, within a planning group materials managers must determine an average reduction in the setup and ordering costs as a percentage. As soon as an item is to be ordered, a check is made of all other items of the same planning group. If the order of a batch is due in the near future anyway, it can be ordered now through an early order release. This should be a reduced batch size, which is calculated by using the reduced setup and ordering costs.



Course section 11.4: Subsections and their intended learning outcomes

  • 11.4.4 Extensions of the Batch Size Formula

    Intended learning outcomes: Identify additional variables for lead-time-oriented batch sizing. Present lead-time-oriented batch sizing. Describe total costs curves, considering discount levels. Produce an overview on joint replenishment: kit and collective materials management.

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