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

15.7.2 Exercise: Corma — Capacity-Oriented Materials Management

Intended learning outcomes: Describe results of applying the capacity-oriented materials management (Corma) principle in order release.

Applying Corma, the capacity-oriented materials management principle, or scheduling technique, has which of the following results?

I     Evenly distributed extension of the manufacturing lead time for all the orders

II    Minimum amount of work in process

III   Maximum utilization of the generally well-utilized work centers

a.    II only

b.    III only

c.    I and II only

d.    II and III only


The answer is (b), or “III only.” In fact, the early release of an order implies an extension of its lead time, because it will wait as soon as there are (unplanned) customer orders. The latter will be performed with minimal lead time. Thus, I is not true. II is not true, either, because of the very presence of early released orders. However, III is true: A bottleneck capacity is loaded with nonurgent (i.e., early released) orders as soon as there is available capacity.

Course section 15.7: Subsections and their intended learning outcomes

  • 15.7 Scenarios and Exercises

    Intended learning outcomes: Calculate examples for load-oriented order release (Loor) and for finite forward scheduling. Assess characteristics of capacity-oriented materials management (Corma) and of order Picking.