Enhancements of a Logistic Model to Improve the Time Synchronicity of Convergent Supply Processes

  • Sebastian BeckEmail author
  • Friedrich Gehler
  • Peter Nyhuis
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Production Engineering book series (LNPE)


The assembly plays a key role in ensuring the competitiveness of industrial enterprises. From a logistics perspective, one of the central challenges with assembly processes is simultaneously and punctually supplying the necessary parts at the date required. In doing so, the goal is to satisfy the customers’ desire for short throughput times and high schedule reliability, thus keeping inventory related costs as low as possible. The content of this article is the transfer of the idea of the supply diagram to the assembly process. With the help of the assembly throughput diagram and Schmidts method using finite process elements to create the supply diagram it is possible to build two new diagrams integrating the point of assembly start and the assembly end into consideration. These diagrams are similar to the supply diagram but focus the successive process and provide complete different opportunities of interpretation. Besides the visualisation of order sequence interchanges or capacity flexibility it is possible to evaluate the quantity of disrupted WIP and regular WIP of an assembly process. The use of the two models supports analysing the logistic performance like the schedule reliability and reveals shortcomings in the concerned period.


Schedule reliability Model Assembly 


  1. 1.
    Lotter, B.: Einführung. In: Lotter, B., Wiendahl, H.-P. (eds.) Montage in der industriellen Produktion, pp. 1–9. Springer, Heidelberg (2006)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Nof, S.Y., Wilhelm, W.E., Warnecke, H.J.: Industrial Assembly. Chapmann & Hall, London (1997)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Reinhart, G., Cuiper, R., Loferer, M.: Die Bedeutung der Montage als letztes Glied in der Auftragsabwicklung. In: Reinhart, G.(eds.) Montage-Management—Lösungen zum Montieren am Standort Deutschland. München. pp. 7–12,TCW Transfer-Centrum, München. (1998)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Nyhuis, P., Wiendahl, H.-P.: Fundamentals of Production Logistics—Theory, Tools and Applications. Springer, Berlin (2009)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Hopp, W. J.: Spearmann, M. L.: Factory physics. Irwin, Chicago (2008) Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Schmidt, M.: Modellierung logistischer Prozesse der Montage. Berichte aus dem IFA, Garbsen (2011)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Nyhuis, P., Nickel, R., Busse, T.: Controlling der Materialverfügbarkeit mit Bereitstellungsdiagrammen. ZWF—Zeitschrift für wirtschaftlichen Fabrikbetrieb, vol. 5, pp. 265-268. Carl Hanser Verlag, München (2006)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Beck, S., Schmidt, M., Nyhuis, P.: Modeling converging Material Flows in the Supply Chain. Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Production Research (ICPR), Stuttgart (2011)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sebastian Beck
    • 1
    Email author
  • Friedrich Gehler
    • 2
  • Peter Nyhuis
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Fabrikanlagen und LogistikLeibniz Universität HannoverHannoverGermany
  2. 2.Gesellschaft für Technologie Transfer mbhHannoverGermany

Personalised recommendations