Discrete control theory


Using block diagrams, z-transforms and Tsypkin’s relation I show how to obtain the variances of the orders and inventory levels maintained by the proportional order-up-to policy. Assuming demand is uncorrelated and normally distributed, a proportional feedback controller equal to the golden ratio minimizes a weighted sum of the variances. One may also minimize the inventory and capacity costs maintained by this replenishment policy.

14th International Society for Inventory Research Summer School, Leuven, Belgium, August 26th-30th