Collaborative calculation of the Materials Requirement Planning in the Automotive Industry

Beatriz Andres, Raquel Sanchis, Raul Poler, Leila Saari

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    Especially small and medium size enterprises need to have joint efforts to tackle the on-going changes in their business environment. Information and communication Technologies enable the increase of collaboration between enterprises. In this paper, the specific problem to be solved is the collaborative calculation of the Materials Requirement Plan (MRP). The MRP is solved through the design of a heuristic algorithm based on the Least Unit Cost (LUC) technique, and is validated in the automotive industry. In this paper the collaboration is enhanced through iterations when first and second tier companies in the supply chain of the automotive industry exchange information on their demand and production plans. The proposed algorithm is part of the optimisation module developed in the Cloud Collaborative Manufacturing Networks (C2NET) project. The data needed to solve are extracted from the existing legacy systems of the companies and mapped with the C2NET data structure. In future, C2NET will provide several algorithms to solve planning problems within manufacturing industries as well as other sectors.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2017 International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation
    Subtitle of host publicationEngineering, Technology and Innovation Management Beyond 2020: New Challenges, New Approaches, ICE/ITMC 2017 - Proceedings
    EditorsJoao Pedro Mendonca, Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves, Joao Martins, Alain Zarli, Maria Marques, Marc Pallot
    PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-0774-9
    ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-0775-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2017
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event23rd International Conference On Engineering, Technlogy and Innovation, ICE/ITMC - Madeira, Portugal
    Duration: 27 Jun 201729 Jun 2017


    Conference23rd International Conference On Engineering, Technlogy and Innovation, ICE/ITMC
    Abbreviated titleICE/ITMC 2017


    • algorithm
    • collaboration
    • collaborative networks
    • demand plan
    • materials requirement plan
    • optimisation
    • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
    • supply chain


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