On Stability of Supply Performance by Work-in-Progress Management: A Case Analysis of Photovoltaics-based Electricity Supply System with Storage Batteries

Tetsuya Sato, Koichi Murata, Hiroshi Katayama

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For many years, supply performance of goods to demand sites has been analysed, designed and improved by various ways such as Heijunka concept and methodology. Basic structure of this approach is, in general, to adapt demand speed and fluctuation by managing work-in-progress. This research, taking electricity supply operations on the smart-grid platform as the objective system, examines its performance for identifying the way to stable supply. Performance analysis is examined by simulation experiments with the proposed model and obtained results suggest that Heijunka of power supply is realised in time-domain by storage batteries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1077-1084
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Manufacturing
Publication statusPublished - 2017



  • Isolated Operation
  • Microgrid
  • Natural Energy
  • On-Time-In-Full (OTIF)
  • Semi-Closed System
  • Solar Power
  • Supply Chain Management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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