2014

Past Bachelor & Master Thesis Projects – 2014

Simulation-based Bottleneck Detection of a Galvanizing Plant of an International Steel Manufacturer

Project Description

In a galvanizing line, different steel coils are processed into molten zinc dipping in a continuous flow regardless of their physical characteristics. The variation in velocities and other physical characters of steels coils being processed leads to the variation in processing times on the process steps. Hence this leads to the shifts in performance limiting subsystems which are our bottlenecks. Thus, the thesis deals with the development of a simulation model which detects the moving bottlenecks in a continuous flow line. Aman BhattariAman Bhattarai
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2014

Restructuring distribution networks in humanitarian logistics: the concept of “freight villages”

Project Description

In the last decade, humanitarian logistics became an emerging research topic for both practitioners and academicians. Furthermore, because of the high number of disasters and number of people affected, the humanitarian supply chain needs to be more efficient. One element of the supply chain, the distribution networks, has a large impact on the response of humanitarian organizations in terms of delivery time and costs. At the same time, the humanitarian environment seems to encounter a big challenge – the lack of collaboration between the humanitarian organizations. When looking to corporate logistics, there is one concept related to both distribution networks and collaboration – the concept of “freight villages”. My thesis will investigate if this same concept could be transferred to humanitarian logistics, by presenting both the advantages and limitations. In order to achieve this goal, a value benefit analysis will be conducted and two short case studies will be described. Georgiana CibotaruGeorgiana Ciobotaru
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2014

Designing the factory layout: analysis and implementation of factory planning trends in order to ensure processes efficiency and future capacity adjustments in the titanium industry.

Project Description

Every manufacturing enterprise is confronted with the factory planning process when establishing a production facility. One of the major steps in the factory planning process is the factory layout design. The factory layout design is based on the definition of the production processes and the flow of material inside the facility. Hereby, two conflicting targets can be considered when designing the layout of the factory. First, the factory layout has to ensure that the production processes will run in the most efficient way. Second, the layout design has to ensure that future production capacity adjustments will be feasible to implement. Overall my thesis aims to investigate the application of the current trends in the factory planning area that will contribute to the achievement of the two conflicting targets in the titanium industry. Ultimately, it will deliver a solution for a factory layout design for one of the companies activating in this specific industry. This will be achieved by a literature review, detailed analysis and representation of the production processes and visual representation of layout design solution in accordance to different production capacity scenarios. Lina Diaconu
Lina Diaconu
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2014

Meaning of Expectations in Production Planning and Control (PPC)

Project Description

While research has developed a wealth of knowledge with regard to approaches in production planing and control (PPC), it often overlooks the key issue of human expectations by making assumptions of “perfect rationality and knowledge” of decision makers. Because of the empirical nature of PPC, the robustness and usefulness of current approaches are limited unless the meaning of expectations in PPC is fully understood.
In the field of supply chain management (SCM), researchers have shown that lack of information transparency and irrational decisions made by stakeholders along supply chain are reasons for the so-called Bullwhip effect. The thesis is aiming to investigate if and how the meaning of expectations could be transferred to PPC contexts. In order to reach this goal, the thesis will be structured with literature review, a small-scale experiment as well as expert interviews.
Mengting He
Mengting He
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2014

Developing competencies in lean production management through a problem-based learning: learning factories

Project Description

“What I hear, I forget.
What I say, I remember.
What I do, I understand.” (Laozi)
Currently there is an emerging trend towards creating realistic models for students to transfer the theoretical concepts they acquire during their university lectures. Such a context will allow the participants to experience a hands-on training in the field of production logistics with a strong focus on implementing lean concepts such as; push vs pull or takt time as well as various ordering strategies in the manufacturing flow. The main aim of this simulation is to offer students the chance of implementing their optimization ideas and experience the impact of their decisions on a scaled replica of a real system without taking the risks that might appear in a real scenario.
The thesis will be structured in a booklet form which will cover the theoretical concepts the simulation aims at illustrating as well as the documentation and instructions for building the learning factory itself.
Andreea Lazarescu
Andreea Lazarescu
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2014

Bionical Optimization of Network Structures

Project Description

The Bachelor thesis is about the analysis of the linearity of network structures both in industrial and biological networks as a fundament for a potential bionical optimization of supply chains. The linearity defines the degree of decoupled interaction or material flows within a network. The main goal is to develop an index for this linearity degree. Pegah Maham
Pegah Maham
BSc Bionics 2015, Bremen University of Applied Science

Parameter Adjustments in ERP Systems

Project Description

In the context of unceasing development of technologies, customer dedicated products and endless seek for improvements on the production and inventory levels, more advanced MRP II/ERP systems are implemented on production sites in every industry. For a better operational management, these system tools are meant to perform data integration but they also support planning and production on every level. However, such tools are limited in dynamic manufacturing environment and they are yet very simplistic on an analytical level due to the inappropriate data quality and planning parameter configuration set by the human factor, but also due to their lack of making real analysis and evaluation to achieve the most optimal operation plan of a production system.
Therefore, with the assistance of FAST/pro, a monitoring and control software developed by GTT mbH, this thesis is aiming to investigate the effects of bad data quality used in MRP II/ERP systems (SAP) and propose deriving guidance for planners by recommending suitable and rational adjustments of the planning parameters configuration settings. The research will be applied to a group of companies and their SAP databases information systems, considered as a study sample.
Vlad Petca
Vlad Petca
MSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2014

Autonomous and lean production control: developing a comparison framework

Project Description

Both lean and autonomous production control principles received a high degree of attention in academia and industry. However, while most of the studies look into the relationship between a certain production control method and performance of the system, a comparison of the two production control principles requires attention. Moreover, development of the distributed control approaches in production systems supports the need of a conceptual comparison of autonomous and lean production control principles.
The aim of the thesis is to compare lean production control with autonomous control in a structural way by developing a framework with certain comparison criteria. In the course of the research, the similarities and differences of two production control principles will be investigated, comparing the aims and the most cited methods of each control system.
darima
Darima Pivovarova
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2014

Using big data to devise an early warning system for predicting supplier related quality

Project Description

The concept of big data (data characterized by volume, velocity, and variety) started mostly from social media. But most traditional industries (OEMs) have IT infrastructures for a long time, and are capturing large amount of data (categorized under big data). Therefore, the question is – can these OEMs use big data to improve operations?In order to answer the question, a case on an OEM is studied in which data mining tools will be used to predict the suppliers’ related quality issue. Samip Dhoj Raut
Samip Dhoj Raut
MSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2014

Countering supply chain disruptions with the method of “resource shifting”

Project Description

Within the dynamic world that we live in today, there are numerous threats and risks which can be detrimental to the progress of an entity. When an unexpected event such as a natural disaster, labor dispute, acts of war and/or terrorism occurs; it is of utmost importance that institutes can proactively manage their supply chain. Such sporadic calamities do not only require a crisis/prevention managing team, but rather a “just-in-time” recovery system which will enable the firm to recuperate at the earliest and continue its processes as if no harm was ever done.The thesis will dive into the topic of supply chain disruptions, closely looking at natural disasters. It will comprise of the origins, causes and consequences of such disruptions and will aim to find the best instant-reactive method which companies can employ during such times. An interesting recovery method named “resource shifting” has recently sprung up within some industries. This method will be closely analyzed along with case-studies: evaluating the theory, practice, prerequisites, advantages and disadvantages of this approach. Supply chain continuity and resilience is what every firm strives for, and this impalpable goal is what the thesis aims to reach. Shefali Sehgal
Shefali Sehgal
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2014

The Human Factor in Logistics

Project Description

Today, when outsourcing and globalization have become the dominating traits of supply chains, there is a greater need to accomplish efficient human resource management in this complex environment. Often, ‘technical factors’ such as network structures and manufacturing techniques etc. are given much more important than ‘human factors’ such as motivation, education and cultural background of workers. Since, employees in the logistics industry are daily confronted with decision making situations; it is evident that, correct decisions can enhance logistics performance while bad decisions can decrease quality and performance, on a daily basis. Therefore, human factors play a decisive role in logistics operations because they affect the efficiency and quality of the services provided. Accordingly, these so called ‘human factors’ will be the main focus of interest in this thesis. Suryansh Pant
Suryansh Pant
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2014