CIM for Multi-Supplier Operations


CMSO - 2277

Keywords communication systems, logistic systems, multi-site operations, multi-supplier operations, data exchange, data interfaces, open communication servers


Start Date: 15-DEC-88 / Duration: 36 months

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Objectives and Approach

The objective of this project is to develop methods, tools, interfaces and architectures to facilitate the exchange of technical and commercial data between independent organisations working together in manufacturing or distribution chains. The project will be focused on the requirements of the automotive industry.

The first stage was to identify the scope and content of the critical issues which must be addressed. This led to the definition and construction of a laboratory model (AS-IS) of a supplier-manufacturer-distributor chain which reflects the current state of the art. This model will be used to simulate information exchange and transfer in particular areas of investigation. Further stages of the project identified the areas of improvement and entailed the enhancement of the AS-IS model to a FUTURE model. The results of these activities enabled the preparation of requirement specifications for the necessary information system components of the integrated supply and distribution chain.

Throughout the analysis phase the project addressed the need for the exchange of neutral data, in terms of both message format and content.

Progress and Results

The major benefits envisaged will arise from the orientation of the project towards satisfying the needs of the customer and should include:

Because the CMSO project is concerned with the improvement of business performance through the application of information technology, there are a number of different aspects to the exploitation of CMSO results: hardware and software products, implementations of methods and products, business and strategic guidance, business cases in support of further research, identification of the business cases for implementation, technical guidance for implementation, training and education, and input to standards and other technical and business organisations.

Exploitation

Initial exploitation of results will occur at project partner sites and will be related to the automotive industry, but it is likely that many of the results will be applicable in other supply-based industries.


CONTACT POINT

Dipl-Inf Michael Mathiasen
ACTIS in Stuttgart GMBH
Walburgstr. 17-19
D - 7000 STUTTGART 80
tel: + 49/ 711-7379265
fax: + 49/ 711-7379200

Participants

ACTIS IN STUTTGART GMBH - D - C
ADIST - P - P
DAF BV (DAF TRUCKS
AND LEYLAND DAF LTD) - NL - P
ALCATEL ISR - F - P
LUCAS AUTOMOTIVE LTD - UK - P
OY SAAB-VALMET AB - SF - P
HELSINKI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY - SF - P
VEGLA VEREINIGTE GLASWERKE GMBH - D - P
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT - NL - P
WILHELM KARMANN GMBH - D - P
BIBA - D - P
AFIA - P - P
INTERSIS AUTOMAÇ¥O SA - P - A
UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK - UK - A
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
OF ATHINAI - NTUA - GR - P


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CMSO - 2277, December 1993


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