The increasing distribution of production and logistics processes presents businesses with an ever-increasing challenge. Organizational supply chains are taking the place of competing, individually oriented businesses. This generally requires more intensive cooperation supported by appropriate information and communications technology. Increasing challenges in logistics result, for example, from higher customer expectations, shorter product life cycles, an increasing variety of components and models, and last but not least from the increasing demands of sustainability. The goal is to formulate appropriate logistical solution strategies for these challenges.
Traditionally, logistics supplies goods and services in the right amount, with the right objects, in the right place, at the right time, in the right quality, at the cheapest price, and thus satisfies customer requirements. Various concepts and methods are needed from the design of the type of cooperation between the partners in a value creation chain, through process analyses and evaluations, to process optimization. IT systems play an important role in this so computer-controlled planning systems are used in the Logistics Lab to work out possible solutions, and to validate, verify and test these solutions.
The main goal of the lab work is to put the theory learned in lectures into practice. By means of group work, tutorials and case studies, students gain insights into the interrelationships of logistics. Lab work enables students to:
- understand the logistical planning within a company and along a supply chain
- comprehend the impact of effects such as the "bull-whip" by means of models and systems
- implement modern software tools which represent standards in logistics
Logistics networks simulations tools and the APS System are also available for research purposes.
The lab is equipped with a variety of software and hardware solutions to meet the demands of research and teaching. The main focus is on simulations techniques and integrated standard software. Simulation studies with a focus on material and information flow are supported by the use of the simulation tool, Plant Simulation (Siemens Tecnomatix). An SAP SCM system (SAP IDES system) with a stored business case makes it possible to plan, execute and control company-wide cooperation.
Students also have access to a practice and research-oriented use case from the "Modeling of business networks" HWP project. This use case also forms the basis for further projects. There are up to 45 individual workstations with current hard- and software for use in research and teaching in the I building at Furtwangen University.
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