Network design of integrated e-supply chain for agile manufacturing

M. Dotoli, M. P. Fanti, C. Meloni, M. C. Zhou

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Supply chains are distributed manufacturing systems composed of various resources belonging to different companies. The configuration of the supply chain network, integrated with Internet and web-based electronic market places, is essential for business to pursue a competitive advantage. This paper develops a model describing the integrated e-supply chain network and formulates a multi-criteria integer linear optimization problem to select the candidates and the links connecting the stages of the e-supply chain. Hence, some multi-criteria objective functions are defined and suited constraints are introduced on the basis of the digraph modelling the supply chain network. The proposed methodology is illustrated by way of a case study describing a network for desktop computer production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th IFAC World Congress, IFAC 2005
PublisherIFAC Secretariat
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)008045108X, 9780080451084
StatePublished - 2005

Publication series

NameIFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline)
ISSN (Print)1474-6670

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering


  • Agile manufacturing
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Networks
  • Optimization
  • Performance indices


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