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Advanced inventory planning and forecasting solutions: a case study of the UKTLCS Chinook maintenance programme

Downing, Mathew, Chipulu, Maxwell, Ojiako, Udechukwu and Kaparis, Dinos (2014) Advanced inventory planning and forecasting solutions: a case study of the UKTLCS Chinook maintenance programme Production Planning and Control, 25, (1), pp. 73-90. (doi:10.1080/09537287.2012.658451).

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This article which advances on earlier published work by the authors, evaluates the forecasting performance of the inventory planning and forecasting support system used by Boeing's United Kingdom Through Life Customer Support to manage inventory for the maintenance of the Royal Air force fleet of Chinook helicopters. Focussing mainly on a sample of the spare-part components considered most influential on maintenance costs, limitations in the current forecasting system are identified. Approaches for improving forecasting performance are explored using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)-based tools. It is found that generic proprietary inventory and forecasting systems can be enhanced by using VBA tools that allow detailed examination of each component's demand time series. For propriety reasons, all data have been sanitised

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Published date: 1 January 2014
Organisations: Centre of Excellence for International Banking, Finance & Accounting


Local EPrints ID: 208475
ISSN: 0953-7287
PURE UUID: d69756e2-e1f4-4b84-b996-5d99dd2416b2
ORCID for Maxwell Chipulu: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 19 Jan 2012 15:10
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:48

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Author: Mathew Downing
Author: Maxwell Chipulu ORCID iD
Author: Udechukwu Ojiako
Author: Dinos Kaparis

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