A Combination of Workforce Sizing Plan and Worker Selection Guide with the Holonic Control Paradigm

Yongching Lim


The Holonic Workforce Allocation Model (HWM) is a dual-level advisory model using the concepts of Holonic Manufacturing Systems (HMS). The quantitative and pre-active level is termed as Workforce Sizing Plan (WOZIP), whereby the number of workers required for a production period can be forecasted. The resultant group of workers, in a case-by-case fashion, are continually assigned to parallel series of production tasks considering the individual skill and task urgency factors, at the qualitative and reactive level called Worker Selection Guide (WOSEG). When developing such an integrated model, four holonic control attributes need to be observed, namely real-time control, event-driven control, intelligent control, and distributed control. These control attributes help ensure the effective and sustainable improvement of factory processes, for which the strengths of and the interactions between holonic elements are discussed in this paper.

Keywords: Holonic control, workforce sizing, worker selection

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