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Software-Defined Mobile Supply Chains: Rebalancing Resilience and Efficiency in Production Systems

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Boysen-TU Dresden Research Training Group, Technische Universität Dresden, 01187 Dresden, Germany
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Business Administration, esp. Industrial Management, Technische Universität Dresden, 01069 Dresden, Germany
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Process Control Systems and Process Systems Engineering Group, Technische Universität Dresden, 01069 Dresden, Germany
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Institute of Media and Communication Science, Technische Universität Dresden, 01069 Dresden, Germany
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Software Technology, Institute for Software and Multimedia Technology, Technische Universität Dresden, 01069 Dresden, Germany
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Transport Services and Logistics, Technische Universität Dresden, 01069 Dresden, Germany
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Sustainability 2022, 14(5), 2837; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14052837
Received: 29 December 2021 / Revised: 21 February 2022 / Accepted: 22 February 2022 / Published: 28 February 2022
The miniaturization and modularization of production capacity brings with it not only greater agility and efficiency, but also increased flexibility in the form of mobility. This flexibility allows production capacity to be moved when and where it is most needed, generating new business opportunities, e.g., allowing modular units to be rented, leased, or shared. This flexibility, however, requires information and control systems that ensure a correct and secure flow of information between different stakeholders of the supply chain. Based on this, the present article characterizes the concept of software-defined mobile supply chains, presenting its main requirements, opportunities, and limitations. In addition, we present two case studies in which the proposed concept is evaluated in order to demonstrate its applicability. Here, due to the new optimization problems that arise when considering mobile facilities, special interest is given to the planning and control of the required operations, as well as the difficulties associated with the exchange of physical and intellectual assets between different stakeholders. View Full-Text
Keywords: adaptive manufacturing; flexible supply chain; mobile factory; movable production unit; shared factory adaptive manufacturing; flexible supply chain; mobile factory; movable production unit; shared factory
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Alarcon-Gerbier, E.; Chokparova, Z.; Ghondaghsaz, N.; Zhao, W.; Shahmoradi-Moghadam, H.; Aßmann, U.; Oruç, O. Software-Defined Mobile Supply Chains: Rebalancing Resilience and Efficiency in Production Systems. Sustainability 2022, 14, 2837. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14052837

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Alarcon-Gerbier E, Chokparova Z, Ghondaghsaz N, Zhao W, Shahmoradi-Moghadam H, Aßmann U, Oruç O. Software-Defined Mobile Supply Chains: Rebalancing Resilience and Efficiency in Production Systems. Sustainability. 2022; 14(5):2837. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14052837

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Alarcon-Gerbier, Eduardo, Zarina Chokparova, Nassim Ghondaghsaz, Wanqi Zhao, Hani Shahmoradi-Moghadam, Uwe Aßmann, and Orçun Oruç. 2022. "Software-Defined Mobile Supply Chains: Rebalancing Resilience and Efficiency in Production Systems" Sustainability 14, no. 5: 2837. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14052837

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