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Intelligent decision support tool for supply chain planning
Author(s): Dong Li; Cathy Barnes; C. Axtell; Alison McKay; Alan de Pennington
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Paper Abstract

A decision support system using extended quality function deployment model (EQFDM) and internet application for manufacturing supply chain (SC) planning has been developed in this research. In this paper, a customer-focused quality evaluation approach, the EQFDM with internet application is employed to develop a coordinated planning system in SCs and assist mapping decisions of strategic planning into each partner's internal planning processes. To facilitate cooperation of SC partners in strategic planning, the hybrid planning process has been programmed into a web tool. The local planning has been supported by fuzzy logic approach so that approximate optimal solutions can be obtained avoiding difficulties of acquiring quantitative data. Through this intelligent Web based architecture, individual planning processes can be efficiently co-ordinated by means of efficient communication and visualizing consequences of a decision to be made on SC performance. Case study in a manufacturing (packaging) SC has been conducted to implement a scenario planning process for strategies on re-engineering the manufacturing SC. The research result shows that the intelligent system could be a promising tool for assisting strategic planning in a SC cooperation context.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4565, Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing IV, (3 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.443117
Show Author Affiliations
Dong Li, Thames Valley Univ. (United Kingdom)
Cathy Barnes, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)
C. Axtell, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Alison McKay, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)
Alan de Pennington, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4565:
Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing IV
Angappa Gunasekaran; Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan, Editor(s)

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