Innovative Quality Strategies for Global Value-Added-Networks

  • Gisela Lanza
  • Johannes BookEmail author
  • Kyle Kippenbrock
  • Anamika Saxena
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Production Engineering book series (LNPE)


Many companies no longer act locally within their domestic markets, but have established a global network of worldwide production sites. Due to the long and diversified structures of supply chains and differences in the maturity levels of suppliers, distributed networks develop various fluctuations, in terms of varying product quality and delivery times, which can result in image loss and financial losses to the companies of the network. Moreover, an improperly implemented quality strategy in a network will result in higher costs. The preliminary idea is to make these networks insensitive to such fluctuations by identifying and evaluating suitable quality strategies. Due to the absence of site-specific optimization and the complex structures of networks, it is difficult to find suitable quality strategies for production networks. The complexity in the networks includes unknown defect propagation, limited influence due to decentralized structures and conflicting objectives and unknown inter-relationships amongst the various supply chain members. The research project deals with these problems by developing innovative methods, models and practical tools for planning, optimization and control of quality strategies for globally distributed production networks, thus obtaining zero-defect production networks. This chapter aims to discuss various aspects of including, the definition of quality in networks, the analysis and evaluation of various systems for managing network-wide quality data considering local versus global data, as well as, three core methods to identify robust quality strategies for specific network configurations.


Defect propagation Maturity levels Quality strategy Value-added-networks 



The IGF promotion plan 17219N of the Research Community for Quality (FQS), August-Schanz-Str. 21A, 60433 Frankfurt/Main has been funded by the AiF within the programme for sponsorship by Industrial Joint Research and Development (IGF) of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Technologies based on an enactment of the German Parliament.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gisela Lanza
    • 1
  • Johannes Book
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kyle Kippenbrock
    • 1
  • Anamika Saxena
    • 2
  1. 1.Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Indian Institute of TechnologyKharagpurIndia

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