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Logistics simulation of recycling networks

TitleLogistics simulation of recycling networks
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsHirsch BE, Kuhlmann T, Schumacher J
Journal TitleComputers in Industry
Volume36
Pages31-38
Keywordsenvironmental impact assessment, Life cycle production schemes, Reverse logistic, Virtual enterprise
AbstractThe current GATT agreement will further reduce trade barriers around the world, leading to a market situation whereonly the fittest, in production terms ‘leanest’, can survive. Time-to-market is becoming critical for the success of enterprises.Enterprises can survive by cooperating with others forming a ‘ virtual enterprise’. Virtual enterprises are capable of reducingtime-to-market by applying concurrent engineering methodologies in a globally distributed environment, and by productionadaptation to specific customer needs. Increased dependency and topographical distribution of the business partners requiredetailed planning of the production and logistics process. Where the internal production logistics are usually well optimised,the new situation requires external production logistics also to be optimised to suit the requirements arising from the newproduction scheme. Beside this business-related production changes, the public will have an increased impact on thedifferent production paradigms in the future. Sustainable production set-ups are required to satisfy the requirements ofpeople living at the border of production facilities. The LOCOMOTIVE consortium is developing a tool that will help createa logistic infrastructure suitable for tackling the new challenging logistics demands of the emerging production paradigm,including the assessment of environmental impacts. The tool is intended to be used by middle and upper management, tosupport the search for appropriate logistic solutions at the strategic decision level.
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