operations planningthe planning of a firm's production operations including:
- the operations or work tasks to be performed;
- the order in which they will be carried out;
- the time which each operation should take;
- the layout of plant and machinery in the factory Effective operations planning enables production to flow easily through out the factory, secures an efficient utilization of machines and labour, and facilitates good PRODUCTION SCHEDULING. See PRODUCTION-LINE BALANCING.