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Production Activity Control

Location: 
Proficiency examination program administered by the national offices of APICS.
Length: 
Variable, depending upon the individual's preparation needs.
Dates: 
Version 1: September 1983 - February 1992. Version 2: March 1992 - December 1998. Version 3: January 1999 - May 2000.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1: Discuss the objectives of production activity control (PAC) and the typical production environment in which such activity takes place; apply specific concepts of scheduling, lead time management, capacity control and priority control to typical problems found in manufacturing organizations. Version 2 and 3: Describe the principles, approaches, and techniques needed to schedule, control, measure, and evaluate the effectiveness of production operations; apply specific concepts of capacity control, priority control, and lead-time management to a variety of production environments including job shops, process plants, and high-volume production facilities.

Instruction: 
Version 1: Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering the broad category of production as it relates to process plants, assembly lines, factory production lines, etc. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Organization, Environment, Objectives -organization and objectives, the production environment, production activity control relationships; Production Scheduling -scheduling techniques, lead time determination and control, shop capacity control in the short-term, priority control and dispatching; Production Control - authorization, production reporting and status control, production cost measurement and control. Version 2: Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering the broad category of production as it relates to process plants, assembly lines, factory production lines, etc. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Scope -objectives of production activity control, production environment, and PAC relationships; Capacity Control-determining capacity, input-output control, production leveling, and line balancing and flow balancing; Priority Control -scheduling techniques, and production authorization and release; Lead-Time Management -elements of lead time, factors affecting lead time, and lead-time control; Supplier Interfaces -relationships, and scheduling and control; Reporting and Measurement -data sources and requirements, production reporting, and measurements. Version 3: Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering the broad category of production as it relates to process plants, assembly lines, factory production lines, etc. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Scope-objectives of production activity control, production environment, and PAC relationships; Capacity Control-determining capacity, input-output control, production leveling, and line balancing and flow control; Priority Control -scheduling techniques, and production authorization and release; Lead-Time Management-elements of lead time, factors affecting lead time, and lead-time control; Supplier Interfaces-organizational relationships, controlling and improving quality, supplier partnerships, and scheduling and control; Reporting and Measurement -data sources and requirements, production reporting, and measurements.
Credit recommendation: 

Version 1, 2, and 3: For this examination, paired with any other examination in the program, in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Production/Operations Management, Manufacturing Management, or Production Planning and Inventory Control (11/88) (6/93 revalidation) (8/99 revalidation). NOTE: Two examinations must be successfully completed to benefit from the credit recommendation.

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