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last updated: October 17th, 2016


Personal Details

Vincent Wiers lives in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He is the founder and director of the consultancy company Twinlog that focuses on realizing business improvements using Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS) solutions.

He is also employed by the Eindhoven University of Technology as an Industrial Fellow where he teaches the course on Advanced Planning & Scheduling, together with Prof. Ton de Kok. At this university, he obtained a MSc and a PhD degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science. Subsequently, he has worked at several consulting companies and most of his projects included improving Supply Chain performance of large industrial customers.

Vincent Wiers is 47 years old and has three children. His hobbies include running, making music, sailing and skiing. 

 


Appointment Industrial Fellow

Vincent Wiers has been appointed as Industrial Fellow at the School of Industrial Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. His appointment lecture has been held at January 18th, 2011, as part of a mini-symposium. Vincent Wiers is the first Industrial Fellow at the School of Industrial Engineering. The task of an Industrial Fellow is to explicitly bring industry experiences to the university, by participating in research and educational activities.

Research Interests

The Human Factor in Production Control

There is some knowledge in literature regarding the human factor in production control tasks in general. However, the majority of texts and monographs focus on mathematical models and formal systems and avoid entering the arena of human traits and skills. As a result, there have been few examples of formal optimization methods for planning & scheduling being used or shown to be usable. Although finite scheduling tools  - also known as Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS) - have had theoretical algorithms embedded in them for schedule generation and regeneration, there has not been any evidence that the logic is widely used or that the generated plans can be followed. Most APSses are used by planners in a decision support mode, without using algorithms.

The variety of tasks and the lack of academic description leads to the fact that process descriptions of these tasks have little reference material to start from. In other words, consultants in industry often have to start from scratch when modeling these tasks. Moreover, a deeper understanding of these tasks from an academic perspective is hampered by the opaqueness of the production control task domain. This leads to the fact that the domain of human factors in planning and scheduling suffers from anecdotal studies. It is my ambition to conduct research in the field of the Human Factor in Production Control that deepens our insight in the field and at the same time complies to high methodological standards.

Design and Implementation of Enterprise Information Systems - ERP and APS
A large part of my daily work is designing and implementing APS systems in conjunction to ERP systems. I have investigated the question why these system are (not) being used in practice, and have written down guidelines to improve the design and implementation process for these systems. I have also carried out work in functional architectures of APS, ERP and MES systems – how these systems are interrelated, how functions should be divided over different systems and between a central and local level.
 

 


Publications

Books

McKay, K.N. & Wiers, V.C.S. (2004). Practical Production Control: A Survival Guide for Planners and Schedulers. Boca Raton: J. Ross Publishing. Japanese version published by Nikkei. Russian version published by Grevtsov.

McKay, K.N. & Wiers, V.C.S. (2015). Manufacturing Excellence: Renewal and Rebirth. New York: Momentum Press.

Wiers, V.C.S. & Kok, A.G. de (forthcoming). Designing, Selecting, Implementing and Using APS Systems. New York: Springer.

Wiers, V.C.S. (1997). Human–computer interaction in production scheduling: Analysis and design of decision support systems for production scheduling tasks. Ph.D. Thesis Eindhoven University of Technology. Download PDF Here

Journals

Fransoo, J.C. & Wiers, V.C.S. (2006). Action Variety of Planners: Cognitive Load and Requisite Variety. Journal of Operations Management, special issue “Incorporating Behavioral Theory in OM Empirical Models”, 24, 813-821.

Fransoo, J.C. & Wiers, V.C.S. (2008). An empirical investigation of the neglect of MRP information by production planners, Production Planning & Control, 19(8), 781 — 787

Hameri, A.-P., McKay, K.N. & Wiers, V.C.S. (2013). A Maturity Model for Industrial Supply Chains. Supply Chain Forum - An International Journal, 18(3), pp. 4-17.

Leeuw, S, & Wiers, V.C.S. (2014). Warehouse manpower planning strategies in times of financial crisis: evidence from logistics service providers and retailers in the Netherlands. Production Planning & Control 26(4), 328-337.

McKay, K.N., & Wiers, V.C.S. (1999). Unifying the Theory and Practice of Production Scheduling. Journal of Manufacturing Systems, 18(4), 241–255.

McKay, K.N., & Wiers, V.C.S. (2003). Integrated Decision Support for Planning, Scheduling, and Dispatching Tasks in a Focused Factory. Computers in Industry, 50(1), 5-14.

McKay, K.N., & Wiers, V.C.S. (2003). Planners, Schedulers and Dispatchers: a description of cognitive tasks in production control. Cognition, Technology & Work, 25(2), 82-93.

Riedel, R. Fransoo, J.C. & Wiers, V.C.S. (2012). Modelling dynamics in decision support systems.Behavior & Information Technology, 31,927–941.

Stoop, P.P.M., & Wiers, V.C.S. (1996). The Complexity of Scheduling in Practice. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 16(10), 37–53.

Wiers, V.C.S. (1996). A Quantitative Field Study of the Decision Behavior of four Shop Floor Schedulers. Production Planning and Control, 7(4), 381–390.

Wiers, V.C.S. (1997). A Review of the Applicability of OR and AI Scheduling Techniques in Practice. OMEGA – The International Journal of Management Science, 25(2), 145–153.

Wiers, V.C.S. (1997). Decision Support for Production Scheduling Tasks – part I of a Case Study: Analysis and Task Redesign. Production Planning and Control, 8(7), 711–721

Wiers, V.C.S. (2002). A case study on the integration of APS and ERP in a steel processing plant. Production Planning & Control 13(6), 552-560.

Wiers, V.C.S. (2009). The relationship between shop floor autonomy and APS implementation success : evidence from two cases. Production planning & control, 20(7), 576-585

Wiers, V.C.S., & Schaaf, T.W. van der, (1997). A Framework for Decision Support in Production Scheduling Tasks. Production Planning and Control, 8(6), 533–544.

Wortmann, J.C., Euwe, M.J., Taal, M., & Wiers, V.C.S. (1996). A Review of Capacity Planning Techniques within Standard Software Packages. Production Planning and Control, 7(2), 114–125.

Book Chapters (refereed)

Crawford, S., & Wiers, V.C.S. (2001). From anecdotes to theory: reviewing the knowledge of the human factors in planning and scheduling. In B.L. MacCarthy & J.R. Wilson (Eds.), Human Performance in Planning and Scheduling. London: Taylor & Francis, pp. pp. 15-44

McKay, K.N., & Wiers, V.C.S. (2001). Decision support for production scheduling tasks in shops with much uncertainty and little autonomous flexibility. In B.L. MacCarthy & J.R. Wilson (Eds.), Human Performance in Planning and Scheduling. London: Taylor & Francis, pp. 165-177

McKay, K.N. & Wiers, V.C.S. (2006). The Organizational Interconnectivity of Planning and Scheduling. In: R.J. Jorna, A.M. Meystel, W.M.C. van Wezel (Eds)., Planning in Intelligent Systems: Aspects, motivations, and methods. New York: Wiley, pp.177-202

McKay, K.N. & Wiers, V.C.S. (2006). The Human Factor In Planning And Scheduling. In: J.W. Herrmann (Ed.), Handbook of Production Scheduling. New York: Springer.

Wiers, V.C.S. (2001). Design of a Knowledge Based Scheduling System for a Sheet Material Manufacturer. In B.L. MacCarthy & J.R. Wilson (Eds.), Human Performance in Planning and Scheduling. London: Taylor & Francis, pp. 201-216.

Conferences

Hart, M.W. ’t, & Wiers, V.C.S. (1994). A Framework for Improving Performance in Complex Tasks. In Proceedings of the First European Conference: Cognitive Science in Industry, September  28–30 (pp.145). Luxembourg: Centre de Recherche Public – Centre Universitaire.

McKay, K.N., & Wiers, V.C.S. (1998). Accounting for The Human in Scheduling Systems: A Sociotechnical View. In Proceedings of the INFORMS Conference Workshop on Human Factors in Planning, Scheduling and Supply Chain Management, Canada, April 26–29. Montreal, Canada: INFORMS.

Riedel, R., Fransoo, J.C. & Wiers, V.C.S. (2006). Modelling Dynamics in Decision Support Systems. In Proceedings of the 16th congress of the International Ergonomics Association, The Netherlands, July 10-14.

Wiers, V.C.S. (1995). Cognitive Technology in Production Scheduling. In Proceedings of the First International Conference on Cognitive Technology, Hong Kong, August 24–27 (pp.131 – 140).  Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong.

Wiers, V.C.S. (1995). Decision Support for Human Decision Making in Production Scheduling. In Proceedings of the XIV European Annual Conference on Human Decision Making and Manual Control, The Netherlands, June 14 – 16 (pp.2-2-1 – 2-2-11). Delft, The Netherlands: Delft University of Technology.

Wiers, V.C.S. (1995). Human Computer Interaction in Production Scheduling. In Proceedings of the European Conference and Workshop on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) – ECAME’95, Belgium, June 8–9 (pp. 195–214). Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: ECA.

Wiers, V.C.S., & McKay, K.N. (1996). Task allocation: Human computer interaction in intelligent scheduling. In Proceedings of the 15th Workshop of the UK Planning & Scheduling Special Interest Group, UK, November 21–22 (pp. 333–344). Liverpool, UK: Liverpool John Moores University.

 

Vakbladen (in Dutch)

 

Wiers, V.C.S. (2004 - 2007). De APS Dokter (column). ITLogistiek.

Wiers, V.C.S. (2006). Het Verschil tussen ERP en APS. www.logistiek.nl.

Wiers, V.C.S. (2000 - 2004). Wiers en Waarachtig (column). ITLogistiek.

Wiers, V.C.S. (2002). Modellering APS systemen leidt tot grote problemen”. Tijdschrift voor Inkoop en Logistiek, Januari/Februari.

Wiers, V.C.S. (2002). Logistieke organisatie knelpunt bij meeste SCM projecten. Tijdschrift voor Inkoop en Logistiek, Oktober.

 


Contact Details

Eindhoven University of Technology

Faculty Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences

Subdepartment Operations Planning, Accounting & Control (OPAC)

PO Box 513, PAV F.16

Eindhoven 5600MB

The Netherlands

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