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Integrating Design for Supply Chain Research into a Graduate Supply Chain Modeling Course – A Collaborative Approach
An ongoing research project addresses the problem of how to effectively synchronize product design and supply chain design for new and existing products resulting in not only a good product design, but a supply chain that is cost effective, minimizes lead time and ensures quality. The research investigates the impacts of product design and redesign on the supply chain structure. The aim is to quantify those impacts so that they can be used in the product design phase to better understand the tradeoffs between the benefits and costs of different supply chain alternatives. This collaborative research effort between the National Science Foundation Center for e-Design (CED) and the National Science Foundation Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) will result in a synergy that integrates the expertise from each center examining this extremely complex problem, which is referred to as Design for Supply Chain (DFSC). Results from this project are being incorporated real-time into an existing graduate course being taught at the Oklahoma State University entitled Supply Chain Modeling. This course is a third-semester graduate course where students must have a background in supply chain strategy, optimization modeling and discrete-event simulation modeling. The aim of the course is for the students to work as a development team that designs and develops an integrated user interface, database, optimization and simulation prototype for the purpose of analyzing supply chain structures. In the most recent semester, the class has expanded its scope to deal with the DFSC problem. The results of the class can be used as a test platform for researchers and practitioners to make design decisions that create better, more flexible and cost effective supply chains. This paper will focus on the integration of the research into the Supply Chain Modeling course, discuss outcomes, and the next steps of this ongoing effort.
This research project addresses the problem of how to effectively synchronize product design and supply chain design for new and existing products. This concept is given the name Design for Supply Chain (DFSC). We use DFSC analogous to the Design for Manufacturability (DFM) concept of the 1980s where manufacturing processes of a product are taken into account in the product design phase. Academic studies and industry experiences showed the benefits of incorporating different aspects of the production phase into the product design process. In this research, we propose that conducting supply chain analysis during the product design phase has important benefits and needs to be investigated similar to how manufacturing is considered in the design phase in DFM.
Our main research hypothesis is that simultaneous (or parallel) product and supply chain design (as compared to sequential design where the product and supply chain designs are considered in sequence) leads to better performing supply chains for the associated products. It also helps reduce total production costs and lead times as well as increasing product quality and customer
Ingalls, R., & cornejo, M., & Methapatara, C., & Sittivijan, P., & Needy, K., & Norman, B., & Hunsaker, B., & Claypool, E., & Gokhan, N., & Mason, S. (2008, June), Integrating Design For Supply Chain Research Into A Graduate Supply Chain Modeling Course – A Collaborative Approach Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--4131
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