Production control is the key to improving manufacturing productivity and is a central consideration in the design of computer-integrated manufacturing systems. This text focuses on the quantitative approaches as the necessary basis to such highly computerized systems, integrating major topics covering all phases of the production control cycle: production information processing and flow; production planning; forecasting; material requirements planning and monetary control; and scheduling. This new edition features a compendium set of 11 user-friendly computer programs for the IBM PC that enhance the teaching power of the text allowing readers to solve real-life problems. Among programs included are growth forecasting, aggregate planning, material requirements planning, lot sizing and inventory control, limited-resource scheduling. The chapters on scheduling give particularly thorough coverage on this difficult subject. Solutions are clearly presented, with many examples and exercises included in the text.