Simulation Based Validation of Supply Chain Effects through ICT enabled Real-time-capability in ETO Production Planning
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According to Industry 4.0, real-time information in production planning and control, shows a high potential for optimizing the whole supply chain. The paper considers the plant building industry, especially the off-site fabrication and on-site installation. Traditionally, production planning is centralized following a Master Schedule that rarely is up to date, ignoring deviations on-site. As a result, components are delivered in advance or too late, which create non-value adding activities and high inventory levels. The paper proposes an ICT-supported nearly real-time capable production planning approach, which by means of a simulation, shows a drastically reduction of the inventory level on-site.