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The activities of the Manufacturing Modelling for Management and Control Technical Committee are devoted to promote the development of formal descriptive or prescriptive models of manufacturing systems. Models range from optimization and knowledge-based models to simulation models (discrete-event and continuous), all of them oriented to design of production systems and supply networks, production and supply chain management.  

Technical areas of interest in this committee include:
(a) Models of manufacturing tasks in production as well as assembly units, with the aim of designing architectures of workstations, cells and production lines, quality assurance and maintenance;
(b) Models of manufacturing processes aiming at the design of procedures for process planning, production planning and control, job and activity scheduling, inventory control and logistics;
(c) Models of computer-aided, communication-based and Internet-based procedures and processes with the aim of accomplishing the functions listed in (a) and (b).

Moreover, the TC members are very active in the succes of five working groups: 

1- Working group  'Supply Network Engineering'

Chairs: Prof. Alexandre Dolgui and Prof. Dmitry Ivanov

The working group explores and generates novel solutions for supply chain design and management. Indeed, Supply chains are emblematic examples of the renewal of production systems in the last decades. Supply Chains Engineering is an emerging field for Automatic Control applications based on analysis and comprehension of essential principles of production and distribution systems. This scientific domain concerns the methodical evaluation and optimization of production systems, logistics networks, and their management policies to increase the effectiveness of multifaceted demand and supply chains. The major industrial problems and various effective approaches of inventory control in Supply chains, use of Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) and Internet applications or intelligent storage facilities are being examined. Radical changes in the criteria that express the new objectives of production systems and logistics are on-going: Just-In-Time (JIT) requirements, dynamic scheduling, dynamic pricing, etc. In addition, the main concerns of outsourcing are being detailed. In particular, a vendor selection and evaluation models are being developed. Certainly, warehouses are critical components of supply chains. In this WG, their usefulness is highlighted and their various functions and equipment are being analysed. The design stage is also being extensively considered via developing storage algorithms as well as examining warehouse sizing static and dynamic models.

This year the working group has contributed to TC events such as IFAC symposium INCOM 2015 (special Tracks) in Ottawa, Canada

2- Working group 'Advanced multi-criteria applications in manufacturing and logistics'

Chairs: Prof. Lyes Benyoucef, Dr. Aguirre Hernan and Prof. Farouk Yalaoui

The new competition is a major upheaval affecting every aspect of how enterprises organize and operate. The evolution from single enterprise with a high vertical range of activities toward enterprise networks offers new business opportunities especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that are usually more flexible than larger companies. However, in order to make a successful commitment to an enterprise network, expected performance and benefits have to be carefully evaluated and balanced for a company to become a partner of the right network and for the right tasks. All these issues have to be taken into account in order to find an efficient, flexible, and sustainable solution.

In the area of manufacturing and logistics, supply chain networks involve transformation processes from raw materials to finished products, through several stages of manufacturing, assembly, distribution, and delivery to customers. They also rely on information and monetary flows in addition to material flows. Each stage of material transformation or distribution may involve inputs coming from several suppliers and outputs going to several intermediate customers. Furthermore, each stage may involve information and material flows connected with some intermediate and distant stages. The underlying logistic networks are complex and their analysis requires a carefully defined approach. As technological complexity has increased, logistic networks have become more dynamic and complex to handle.

Multi-criteria approaches have been put to use in multiple segments of manufacturing and logistics. They have taken a prominent role to integrate people, information and products across integrated supply chain boundaries including management of various manufacturing, logistics and retailing operations such as in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution of goods and services. Decisions involving customer profiling, new product development, retail marketing, and sales patterns are immensely refined using innovative multi-criteria approaches. Also, as such decisions have an impact on the overall integrated logistic network processes, it is important that innovative multi-criteria-based tools also be linked to integrated supply chain management applications. The working group aims to align latest practice, innovation and case studies with academic frameworks and theories. It will cover the latest research results and efforts at different levels including quick-response system, theoretical performance analysis, performance and capability demonstration, hoping to cover the role of multi-criteria approaches in optimizing manufacturing and logistics. The working group aims to focus on the following topics including:

    • Manufacturing and logistics systems reconfiguration and design;
    • Manufacturing and logistics systems performances evaluation and benchmarking;
    • Manufacturing and logistics systems scheduling and planning;
    • Adaptive manufacturing and logistics systems trading, coordination and negotiation;
    • Green and Eco-manufacturing and logistics systems management;
    • Risk management in manufacturing and logistics systems;
    • Secure manufacturing and logistics systems collaboration;
    • Impacts of cultural difference for manufacturing and logistics systems management.

This year the working group has contributed to TC events such as IFAC symposium INCOM 2015 (special Tracks) in Ottawa, Canada

3- Working group ' Design and modelling of flexible and reconfigurable manufacturing systems'

Chairs: Dr. Olga Battaia, Dr. Xavier Delorme, Dr. Rita Gamberini and Prof. Manoj Kumar Tiwari

The working group investigates and develops novel modelling approaches for designing and management of reconfigurable machining, assembly and disassembly systems. One of the main characteristics of these automated systems is that they use reconfigurable manufacturing technologies for fast adaptation to changes in the quantity and mix of products. Indeed, the industry's new requirements for manufacturing systems given the shorter and shorter product runs and the need for more customization. The production systems should be designed to be able to make changes in its physical configuration to answer market fluctuations in both volume and type of product. One of the principal characteristics of reconfigurable manufacturing systems (RMS) is modularity: in a reconfigurable manufacturing system, all the major components are modular (system, software, control, machines and process). Selection of basic modules and the way they can be connected provide systems that can be easily integrated, diagnosed, customized, and converted. An RMS is also supposed to quickly integrate new technologies to improve its efficiency. RMS is assumed to be the perfect tool for the new era of mass customization that requires simultaneously the productivity of dedicated system and the flexibility of agile manufacturing system. The aim of this working group is a review on this topic, more particularly on the challenges of flexibility and reconfigurability for assembly, disassembly and machining systems by study of several problems:

    • Equipment selection and process planning;
    • Production system dimensioning;
    • Assembly and disassembly line design and balancing;
    • Robotic cell design;
    • Scheduling and planning;
    • Operations management and flow analysis.

This group was moved from TC5.1. This year the working group has contributed to TC events such as IFAC symposium INCOM 2015 (special Tracks) in Ottawa, Canada

4- Working group 'Advanced in Integrated Maintenance Management'

Chairs: Prof. Nidhal Rezg, Prof. Ali Gharbi and Prof. Anis Chelbi

Ameliorating the situation of an industry requires certainly reducing costs and maximizing the customer satisfaction. These two aims cannot be achieved without good management and a good know how while making decisions. These decisions are generally associated, at least, with three levels of the hierarchical planning process: strategic, tactical and operational levels. Generally, manufacturing industries aims at determining the most adequate integrated maintenance production strategies which helps them to optimize the system exploitation and to reduce several costs. Releasing such an efficient planning urges firms to have a global vision on their production and maintenance process which may be looked upon as an inter-dependent set of sub systems performing various functions including ordering raw materials, assembling pieces, controlling quality, repairing machines, storage, etc. One of the key issues in up-to-date research in integrated maintenance production strategies is to develop a set of new intelligent integrated maintenance policies which integrate maintenance and production aspects with taking into account several environment constraints. The real goal is to face the various contemporary industrial constraints in order to optimize the system exploitation and to reduce several costs. The WG aims to present and analyze new methods and tools of new integrated maintenance strategies, in order to increase service level, system availability with reducing several costs. This objective can be realized by new organization of combined maintenance tasks, production planning, and resources of several activities. The working group aims to focus on the following topics including:

    • Systems reliability: statistical methods and applications;
    • Joint optimization approach of maintenance planning, quality and production scheduling;
    • Simulation and experimental design in maintenance and reliability;
    • Production systems maintainability;
    • Maintenance strategies in an industrial context;


This year the working group has contributed to TC events such as IFAC symposium INCOM 2015 (special Tracks) in Ottawa, Canada

5- Working group 'Risk, analytics and operations'

Chairs: Prof. Desheng Dash Wu and Prof. Charles S. Tapiero

Operations Risk Analytics will enable the growth and understanding of best practices in operations, e.g., pricing functions. Banks are processing millions of transactions everyday in order to protect against fraud and terrorist financing. Energy companies monitor operations process and customer activities to protect again abnormal and predict spikes in demand. Risk analytics in business intelligence represents data--oriented techniques to supplement business systems for better risk--based decision making. Risk performance analysis in manufacturing intelligence uses advanced data analytics, modeling and simulation to produce a fundamental transformation to new product--based economics through internet--based service enterprises and demand--driven supply chains. Risk evaluation plays key roles in emerging areas such as bio--manufacturing, nanotechnology, and energy. We see a dramatic increase in the use of predictive analytics in these and many other areas. This working group will bring together scientists who have different backgrounds and disciplines, and provide a set of opportunities to discuss these open issues.


This year the working group has contributed to TC events such as IFAC symposium INCOM 2015 (special Tracks) in Ottawa, Canada