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Supply chain demonstrator based on federated models and HLA application

Prozessketten-Demonstrator auf Basis gebündelter Modelle und HLA- Anwendung
: Rabe, M.; Jäkel, F.W.; Weinaug, H.

Schulze, T. ; Univ. Magdeburg, Institut für Simulation und Graphik:
Simulation und Visualisierung 2006 : Proceedings der Tagung "Simulation und Visualisierung 2006" am Institut für Simulation und Graphik der Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg am 2. und 3. März 2006
Erlangen: SCS Publishing House, 2006
ISBN: 3-936150-46-X
Tagung Simulation und Visualisierung (SimVis) <2006, Magdeburg>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPK ()

Supply chains are complex systems that are difficult to be understood from the viewpoint of the single enterprise. This often leads to local optimizations that form an optimum for one company or a short selection of a supply network. Such local optimizations endanger the competitiveness of the whole supply chain, as today not the single enterprise, but the production network (sometimes named Virtual Enterprise) has to be the competitive entity. Simulation could help to understand the full network and to study and improve the network as a whole. However, the development of such networks is complicated, as it models several distributed entities and might also be forced to introduce the human-in-the-loop or to include IT control systems in the simulation run. The authors propose a supply chain demonstrator, that can run distributed, combine several (local) simulation models into one federation and also include non-simulation federates like human user interfaces or additional IT systems. A well defined Supply Chain Demonstrator can help to explain the specific effects within a supply chain and how they can be handled by the use of supply chain management strategies and methods as well as IT support. For this reason, the Supply Chain Demonstrator is basically addressed to SMEs which act in supply chains as well as for the education in universities. Because of the distributed structure of a supply chain, it is obvious to use technologies of distributed modelling and simulation for implementing and running the Supply Chain Demonstrator.