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(Re-)configuration strategies in the production and logistic network of Festo Ag & Co. KG

Both, internal and external drivers of change challenge the supply chain of Festo AG & Co. KG. Due to the uncertainty and dynamic of these drivers the continuous adaption of the production and logistic network with flexible reactions is of increasing importance to ensure a stable and rapid market supply. In cooperation with the academic partners, on a tactical decision level an optimal (re-)configuration strategy of the production and logistic network of Festo AG & Co. KG will be identified. The strategy provides a set of contingency plans that enable flexible reactions to pre-defined and modelled developments of key drivers of change. These reactions consist on structural and capacitive adaptions of the production and logistic network, such as the integration of an additional supplier. To achieve this objective a detailed analysis on both, internal and external drivers of change will be performed followed by a stochastic modelling of potential future developments. According to these developments optimal migration paths of the production and logistic network will be identified using an analytical optimization model. Based on the migration paths the point in time and demand for reconfiguration will be identified and detail planning of the adaption process can be added. In parallel, tools will be developed to support and automate these activities.

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