Inter-Enterprise Planning of Manufacturing Systems Applying Simulation with IPR Protection

  • Kai Mertins
  • Markus Rabe
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 168)


Discrete Event Simulation is a well-proved method to analyse the dynamic behaviour of manufacturing systems. However, simulation application is still poor for external supply chains or virtual enterprises, encompassing several legal entities. Most conventional simulation systems provide no means to protect intellectual property rights (IPR), nor methods to support cross-enterprise teamwork. This paper describes a solution to keep enterprise models private, but still provide their functionality for cross-enterprise evaluation purposes. Applying the new modelling system, the inter-enterprise business process is specified by the user, including a specification of the objects exchanged between the local models. The required environment for a distributed simulation is generated automatically. The mechanisms have been tested with a large supply chain model.

Key words

Distributed Simulation HLA Supply Chain Manufacturing Engineering IPR Protection 


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© International Federation for Infrmation Processing 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kai Mertins
    • 1
  • Markus Rabe
    • 1
  1. 1.Fraunhofer IPK BerlinGermany

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