Complete with case studies, this work is concerned with the problems of Operational Research OR. A variety of application areas such as industry, service, agriculture and health care are featured to show the variety of OR.
Design of a fast step-and-scan wafer stepper; configuation of telephone exchanges; stock control of finished goods in a pharmaceutical company; cutting problems in a production planning environment; operations research supports maintenance decision making; shopfloor planning and control for small batch parts manufacturing; production planning in the fodder industry; operations research methods and their application within the HOT II system of computer aided planning for public transport; planning the size and organization of KLM's aircraft maintenance personnel; strategic and tactical planning in joint production industries - a practical application of linear programming; the use of simulation in the design of a production system for liquid crystal displays; decision support of asset-liability management; a chain model for potted plants; reoperations in pateints with possibly defective artificial heat valves - the Bjork-Shiley dilemma; OR and the environment - a fruitful combination; crisis? what crisis? four decades of debate on Operational Research; what the cases don't tell us; epilogue; who's who.