Dong, Ming
2001-01-01
Supply chain management has been recently introduced to address the integration of organizational functions ranging from the ordering and receipt of raw materials throughout the manufacturing processes, to the distribution and delivery of products to the customer. Its application demonstrates that this idea enables organizations to achieve higher quality products, better customer service, and lower inventory cost. In order to achieve high performance, supply chain functions must operate ...
Supply chain configuration concepts, solutions, and applications
Chandra, Charu
2016-01-01
This book discusses the models and tools available for solving configuration problems, emphasizes the value of model integration to obtain comprehensive and robust configuration decisions, proposes solutions for supply chain configuration in the presence of stochastic and dynamic factors, and illustrates application of the techniques discussed in applied studies. It is divided into four parts, which are devoted to defining the supply chain configuration problem and identifying key issues, describing solutions to various problems identified, proposing technologies for enabling supply chain confirmations, and discussing applied supply chain configuration problems. Its distinguishing features are: an explicit focus on the configuration problem an in-depth coverage of configuration models an emphasis on model integration and application of information modeling techniques in decision-making New to this edition is Part II: Technologies, which introduces readers to various technologies being utilized for supply chai...
Sustainable Supply Chain Design: A Configurational Approach
S. Maryam Masoumik; Salwa Hanim Abdul-Rashid; Ezutah Udoncy Olugu; Raja Ariffin Raja Ghazilla
2014-01-01
Designing the right supply chain that meets the requirements of sustainable development is a significant challenge. Although there are a considerable number of studies on issues relating to sustainable supply chain design (SSCD) in terms of designing the practices, processes, and structures, they have rarely demonstrated how these components can be aligned to form an effective sustainable supply chain (SSC). Considering this gap in the literature, this study adopts the configurational approac...
Qualtiy Issues in Project configured Supply Chains
Koch, Christian; Larsen, Casper Schultz
configuration by project. In such a setting creating value for the customers and the enterprises becomes dependent of the ability to organise and coordinate in the supply chains. That the configuration is not always successful can be demonstrated by studying the emergence of failures occurring in the supply...... observation period. These were compiled and analysed. The economic consequences are calculated to be 8% of the production costs. The analysis of relations in the supply chain both show relations to materials and knowledge chains and their interaction. Most of the failures were generated in the knowledge...... stream and then occasionally transform into the material stream. The paper proposes initiatives to strengthen partnerships in supply chains and especially at engineer to order production. The contradiction between the permanent enterprise organisation potentially capable of handling purchasing and the...
Integrated supply chain risk management
Riaan Bredell; Jackie Walters
2007-01-01
Integrated supply chain risk management (ISCRM) has become indispensable to the theory and practice of supply chain management. The economic and political realities of the modern world require not only a different approach to supply chain management, but also bold steps to secure supply chain performance and sustainable wealth creation. Integrated supply chain risk management provides supply chain organisations with a level of insight into their supply chains yet to be achieved. If correctly ...
Decision-Making for Supply Chain Integration Supply Chain Integration
Lettice, Fiona; Durowoju, Olatunde
2012-01-01
Effective supply chain integration, and the tight co-ordination it creates, is an essential pre-requisite for successful supply chain management. Decision-Making for Supply Chain Integration is a practical reference on recent research in the area of supply chain integration focusing on distributed decision-making problems. Recent applications of various decision-making tools for integrating supply chains are covered including chapters focusing on: •Supplier selection, pricing strategy and inventory decisions in multi-level supply chains, •RFID-enabled distributed decision-making, •Operational risk issues and time-critical decision-making for sensitive logistics nodes, Modelling end to end processes to improve supply chain integration, and •Integrated systems to improve service delivery and optimize resource use. Decision-Making for Supply Chain Integration provides an insight into the tools and methodologies of this field with support from real-life case studies demonstrating successful application ...
Integrated supply chain risk management
Riaan Bredell
2007-11-01
Full Text Available Integrated supply chain risk management (ISCRM has become indispensable to the theory and practice of supply chain management. The economic and political realities of the modern world require not only a different approach to supply chain management, but also bold steps to secure supply chain performance and sustainable wealth creation. Integrated supply chain risk management provides supply chain organisations with a level of insight into their supply chains yet to be achieved. If correctly applied, this process may optimise management decision-making and assist in the protection and enhancement of shareholder value.
Configuring next generation food supply chains: a risk perspective
Deep, Aman; Dani, Samir
2010-01-01
An often overlooked aspect of today’s business environment in general and supply chains in particular is uncertainty. The scenarios of loss of supplier, transport strikes, IT services failing, stock outs etc are becoming all too common. Looking at the future of supply chains, uncertainty and risk appear to be increasing and will play a crucial part in the configuration of next generation supply chain. This paper presents an alternative approach to supply chain configuration using supply ch...
Governance In Project Configured Supply Chains
Koch, Christian; Larsen, Casper Schultz; Gottlieb, Stefan Christoffer
2006-01-01
This case study covers a Danish architectural, engineering and construction supply network for a specific building project. Failures in supply are used as indicators of the governance forms employed. The following governance forms are present; internal integration and hierarchy, SCM......-efforts, subsystem deliveries and contracting per project. The case exhibits a very uneven integration upstream: Three engineering design areas are integrated with production and the client function. Amongst supplies, the architectural design is the most 'clean-cut' knowledge supply, whereas the supplies are...... integrated knowledge, material, workforce and management subsystem deliveries (the building core produced of pre-cast concrete, the elevator supply and the kitchen supply). Further 17 deliveries draws on more than 50 materials and component suppliers. The case project generated 160 failures over three months...
Governance In Project Configured Supply Chains
Koch, Christian; Larsen, Casper Schultz; Gottlieb, Stefan Christoffer
2006-01-01
This case study covers a Danish architectural, engineering and construction supply network for a specific building project. Failures in supply are used as indicators of the governance forms employed. The following governance forms are present; internal integration and hierarchy, SCM....... The economic expenses were 8 pct. of the product costs. Most of the failures were generated in the knowledge stream and then occasionally transformed into the material stream. None of the mobilised governance forms were able to entirely prevent failures, especially subsystem delivery and internal...
International Space Station Configuration Analysis and Integration
Anchondo, Rebekah
2016-01-01
Ambitious engineering projects, such as NASA's International Space Station (ISS), require dependable modeling, analysis, visualization, and robotics to ensure that complex mission strategies are carried out cost effectively, sustainably, and safely. Learn how Booz Allen Hamilton's Modeling, Analysis, Visualization, and Robotics Integration Center (MAVRIC) team performs engineering analysis of the ISS Configuration based primarily on the use of 3D CAD models. To support mission planning and execution, the team tracks the configuration of ISS and maintains configuration requirements to ensure operational goals are met. The MAVRIC team performs multi-disciplinary integration and trade studies to ensure future configurations meet stakeholder needs.
Enactment of the Organizational Cost Structure in Value Chain Configuration
Scheibye, Carsten
2015-01-01
This PhD Thesis researches into Strategic Cost Management with a general research interest in, how top management makes sense about the organization’s cost structure in strategic decisions about the configuration of the value chain. The empirical setting is among other confined by organizations’ outsourcing and relocation ventures, where ‘cost reduction’ is a prominent argument behind the decisions. The overall research purpose is to develop explanatory propositions about, how ...
Research on Integrated Green Supply Chain Management
DENG Lei; WANG Xu
2006-01-01
On the basis of the analyzing product life cycle and value chain management in green supply chain, integrated green supply chain is put forward and constructed which involve lean production, agile manufacturing and green supply chain. This integrated structure provides an effective method for resolving some questions such as cost, market, environment, etc. in enterprise. A case study is presented at the end of paper to demonstrate how integrated supply chain implemented successfully in enterprise.
Systematic Methodology of Integrated Supply Chain Management
无
2001-01-01
Supply chain management (SCM) is a strategy for global competition. Th e characteristics of SCM are integration, systematic and coordination. Using sys tematic, coordination thoughts and integration theory, a new model of enterprise integration based on supply chain management is put forward and an implementing paradigm for systematic methodology of supply chain management is developed.
Integrating configuration workflows with project management system
The complexity of the heterogeneous computing resources, services and recurring infrastructure changes at the GridKa WLCG Tier-1 computing center require a structured approach to configuration management and optimization of interplay between functional components of the whole system. A set of tools deployed at GridKa, including Puppet, Redmine, Foreman, SVN and Icinga, provides the administrative environment giving the possibility to define and develop configuration workflows, reduce the administrative effort and improve sustainable operation of the whole computing center. In this presentation we discuss the developed configuration scenarios implemented at GridKa, which we use for host installation, service deployment, change management procedures, service retirement etc. The integration of Puppet with a project management tool like Redmine provides us with the opportunity to track problem issues, organize tasks and automate these workflows. The interaction between Puppet and Redmine results in automatic updates of the issues related to the executed workflow performed by different system components. The extensive configuration workflows require collaboration and interaction between different departments like network, security, production etc. at GridKa. Redmine plugins developed at GridKa and integrated in its administrative environment provide an effective way of collaboration within the GridKa team. We present the structural overview of the software components, their connections, communication protocols and show a few working examples of the workflows and their automation.
CONFIGURATION-DEPENDENT PROPERTIES OF POLY(DIMETHYLSILOXANE) CHAIN
Lin-xi Zhang; A-gen Xia; Xiang-hong Wang; Jian-min Xu
1999-01-01
The intermolecular rotational potential energies for poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PJMS) chains are directly obtained from a priori probability Pαβ. Here the differing statistical weight matrices for the Si-O and O-Si bonds are considered in calculating the configuration partition function. In the Bahar's model, as the same statistical weight matrices for the Si-O and O-Si bonds are adopted, there exists a large deviation of a priori probability Pαβ between the theory and the molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. Our model gives satisfactory agreement with experiment on the mean-square unperturbed end-to-end distance, the meansquare dipole moment and its temperature dependence, and the molar cyclization equilibrium constants for dimethylsiloxane oligomers. This new rotational isomeric state approach can be widely applied to other chains, such as - CH2- C [(CH2)mH]2- and - O- Si [(CH2)mH] 2 for arbitrary m .
Integration, Configuration and Coordination: from Project to Reality, at CERN
Barberan Marin, Maria; Bernardini, Marzia; Birtwistle, Thomas; Chemli, Samy; Corso, Jean-Pierre; Coupard, Julie; Foraz, Katy; Grillot, Serge; Muttoni, Yvon; Perrot, Anne-Laure
2016-01-01
The rigorous process in place at CERN to approve and follow-up the implementation of any modification of the LHC machine and its Injectors is presented in this paper. Our methodology implies the support of three teams, in charge of the configuration management, the scheduling and safety coordination, and the 3D integration studies. At each stage of the project the support of the three teams evolves, to provide the adequate support in the preparation phase and during the technical stops and long shutdowns. The formal roles and the processes used to govern the interaction of the Integration, Configuration and Coordination teams, and their relation to the project teams during the preparation and implementation phases, for activities to be performed in LHC and its injector chain are described and discussed.
Feynman integrals and motives of configuration spaces
Ceyhan, Ozgur
2010-01-01
We formulate the problem of renormalization of Feynman integrals and its relation to periods of motives in configuration space instead of momentum space. The algebro-geometric setting is provided by the wonderful compactifications of arrangements of subvarieties associated to the subgraphs of a Feynman graph and a (quasi)projective variety. The motive and the class in the Grothendieck ring are computed explicitly for these wonderful compactifications, in terms of the motive of the variety and the combinatorics of the Feynman graph, using recent results of Li Li. The pullback to the wonderful compactification of the form defined by the unrenormalized Feynman amplitude has singularities along a hypersurface, whose real locus is contained in the exceptional divisors of the iterated blowup that gives the wonderful compactification. A regularization of the Feynman integrals can be obtained by modifying the cycle of integration, by replacing the divergent locus with a Leray coboundary. The ambiguities are then defi...
Zhang, Linda; You, Xiao; Jiao, Jianxin Roger; Helo, Petri
2009-01-01
Abstract Supply chain configuration lends itself to be an effective means to deal with product differentiation and customization throughout a supply chain network. It essentially entails the instantiation of a generic supply chain network to specific supply chains in accordance with diverse customer requirements. The linchpin of supply chain configuration lies in the coordination of product, process and logistics decisions in relation to a variety of customer orders. This paper aim...
Supply Chain Integration: Challenges and Solutions
Sweeney, Edward
2011-01-01
Rapid changes in technological development are forcing businesses to continuously innovate to improve their competitiveness, which is particularly evident in logistics and supply chain management (SCM), where innovation impacts both the strategic and operational levels. Supply Chain Innovation for Competing in Highly Dynamic Markets: Challenges and Solutions investigates the role of innovation in the management of supply chains of today. This book focuses on supply chain integration from both...
Achieving Supply Chain Integration within Construction Industry
Peter McDermotti; Malik Khalfan
2012-01-01
The main driver behind the adoption of supply chain management (SCM) philosophy into the construction industry was the successes within other industry sectors. SCM can be defined as network of different organisations, linked upstream and downstream in a chain, aiming to produce quality and value in the services and products for the end consumers through integrated processes and activities. In order to achieve the optimised level of integration of the whole supply chain, the industry has respo...
The configurational approach in supply chain management (SCM) of steel goods
Dohn, K.
2014-01-01
A basic element of supply chain management is the holistic or system view. Following this perspective supply chain management has to analyse the supply chain as a whole and must not only concentrate on details or specific elements. The configurational approach is one method for realizing this. The article analyses how the configurational approach can be applied in SCM of steel goods.
Integrating product design into the supply chain
Khan, Omera; Stolte, Terje; Creazza, Alessandro;
2016-01-01
Purpose: The aim of the research is to illustrate how companies can create competitive capabilities through integration of product design into the supply chain. In doing so the paper reveals the challenges and the opportunities that companies face when integrating product design and supply chain...... opportunities and challenges when integrating product design and the supply chain and subsequently a step-by-step guide is developed to address these. Practical Implications: The research provides key recommendations to companies on how to create competitive capabilities by integrating product design into the...... supply chain. Originality/Value: This paper provides novel insights to both practitioners and researchers. For practitioners detailed recommendations are given on how they can maximise benefits through integrating product design into the supply chain. The RBV has been harnessed to highlight how...
Investigation on Supply Chain Management Based on ComponentConfiguration
张洁; 陈淮莉; 马登哲
2004-01-01
From supply-push mode to demand-pull mode, SCM systems will face four main points: (1) real time visibility that covers the whole supply chain, (2) agility for choice of supply and source, (3) response to diverse customer demands and short delivery deadlines, and (4) rapid occurrence of new products following the market trends and new designs. Component-based SCM has become a hot spot in research areas. A multi-layer framework is set up, including a database server layer, an application server layer, a kernel component layer and a user interface layer. Some function components are designed, which are optimal planning arithmetic components, controller components and evaluation indexes components, in order to suit both discrete and continuous manufacturing. This paper studies a three-dimensional SCM configuration method based on the types of enterprise, manufacturing and products, provides powerful tools for SCM system implementations, and adopts an object-oriented technology to construct component-based distributed information system to assure right time, right materials, right place, right quantity and right customers.
Integration of Forestry Industrial Chain in China
Zhanzhan; LAN; Liqun; WANG
2013-01-01
Based on the Smile Curve and Michael E. Porter’ value chain model,this paper points out that China’s forestry industry stays at the low end of the value chain for a long time. Raw materials are imported from foreign countries and also sold in foreign countries. Then,the authors analyze characteristics and existing problems of China’s forestry industrial chain. They put forward the development direction of China’s forestry industrial chain with reference to International Paper Company. Finally,they present their recommendations for integration of China’s forestry industrial chain.
On the cohomology of spaces of links and braids via configuration space integrals
Volic, Ismar
2010-01-01
We study the cohomology of spaces of string links and braids in $\\mathbb{R}^n$ for $n\\geq 3$ using configuration space integrals. For $n>3$, these integrals give a chain map from certain diagram complexes to the deRham algebra of differential forms on these spaces. For $n=3$, they produce all finite type invariants of string links and braids.
Information Technologies and Supply Chain Integration
Lemoine, W; Mortensen, Ole
The goal of the Supply Chain Management process is to create value for customers, stakeholders and all supply chain members, through the integration of different processes like manufacturing flow management, customer service and order fulfillment. However, many firms fail in the path of achieving...
Integrating information systems in support of configuration management
Many nuclear power plants are reconstructing, validating, and documenting their plant design basis using configuration management and configuration control processes. Successful implementation of configuration management requires an up-to-date, accurate, and accessible information base. The quantity of information and complexity of its interrelationships makes development of an integrated, multifunctional, computer-based information system important, if not necessary, to meeting configuration management objectives. This paper discusses the approach applied at Texas Utilities (TU) Electrics Comanche Peak steam electric station to integrate and computerize the information base in support of configuration management
The configurational approach in supply chain management (SCM of steel goods
K. Dohn
2014-04-01
Full Text Available A basic element of supply chain management is the holistic or system view. Following this perspective supply chain management has to analyse the supply chain as a whole and must not only concentrate on details or specific elements. The configurational approach is one method for realizing this. The article analyses how the configurational approach can be applied in SCM of steel goods.
Opportunities and realities of supply chain integration
van Donk, Dirk Pieter; Akkerman, Renzo; van der Vaart, Taco
2008-01-01
Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to investigate the limitations and barriers for supply chain integration that food manufacturers experience and to highlight their planning and scheduling problems. Possible ways to cope with these are offered. Methodology: The paper is theoretical/conceptual ......Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to investigate the limitations and barriers for supply chain integration that food manufacturers experience and to highlight their planning and scheduling problems. Possible ways to cope with these are offered. Methodology: The paper is theoretical....../conceptual in nature: the findings are illustrated in an explorative case study. Findings: It is often suggested that food supply chains are typical for what can be achieved in supply chain management. This paper challenges this belief by investigating the possibilities and limitations for supply chain integration...... for food manufacturers. We argue that a combination of typical food characteristics and the use of shared resources limit the possibility for integration, while uncertainties and complex business conditions increase the need for integration. In a case study, the paper explores alternatives to cope...
Integrable multi parametric SU(N) chain
We analyse integrable models associated to a multi parametric SU(N) R-matrix. We show that the Hamiltonians describe SU(N) chains with twisted boundary conditions and that the underlying algebraic structure is the multi parametric deformation of SU(N) enlarged by the introduction of a central element. (author). 15 refs
Borch, Odd Jarl; Roaldsen, Ingrid H.E.
2007-01-01
In this paper we discuss the relations between the increased quality standards of traditional food products and the structuring and management of the value chain. We address the importance of different quality dimensions, and how they are combined in superior strategic configurations to achieve competitive advantage in particular in up market segments. We elaborate on the competitive positioning tools and the resource configuration of the value chain necessary for creating sustainable competi...
Spin conductivity in almost integrable spin chains
Jung, Peter; Rosch, Achim
2007-01-01
The spin conductivity in the integrable spin-1/2 XXZ-chain is known to be infinite at finite temperatures T for anisotropies -1 < Delta < 1. Perturbations which break integrability, e.g. a next-nearest neighbor coupling J', render the conductivity finite. We construct numerically a non-local conserved operator J_parallel which is responsible for the finite spin Drude weight of the integrable model and calculate its decay rate for small J'. This allows us to obtain a lower bound for the spin c...
User Involvement as a Configurable Integrated Product Delivery
Vibæk, Kasper Sánchez
2009-01-01
Integrated product deliveries as known from the product industry are beginning to emerge in construction. These are normally considered as physical systems that can be configured and customised for a specific delivery to form part of a unique construction project and help to reduce the complexity...... as a configurable integrated product delivery then the architect can – using slightly provocatively a term from the production industry – be seen a configuration manager of processes shaping our physical surroundings. Products focusing on standardisation and mass customisation of the building process rather than...... physical systems could however become architecturally intriguing by leaving more open the solution space of the final result....
Looping probabilities of elastic chains: a path integral approach.
Cotta-Ramusino, Ludovica; Maddocks, John H
2010-11-01
We consider an elastic chain at thermodynamic equilibrium with a heat bath, and derive an approximation to the probability density function, or pdf, governing the relative location and orientation of the two ends of the chain. Our motivation is to exploit continuum mechanics models for the computation of DNA looping probabilities, but here we focus on explaining the novel analytical aspects in the derivation of our approximation formula. Accordingly, and for simplicity, the current presentation is limited to the illustrative case of planar configurations. A path integral formalism is adopted, and, in the standard way, the first approximation to the looping pdf is obtained from a minimal energy configuration satisfying prescribed end conditions. Then we compute an additional factor in the pdf which encompasses the contributions of quadratic fluctuations about the minimum energy configuration along with a simultaneous evaluation of the partition function. The original aspects of our analysis are twofold. First, the quadratic Lagrangian describing the fluctuations has cross-terms that are linear in first derivatives. This, seemingly small, deviation from the structure of standard path integral examples complicates the necessary analysis significantly. Nevertheless, after a nonlinear change of variable of Riccati type, we show that the correction factor to the pdf can still be evaluated in terms of the solution to an initial value problem for the linear system of Jacobi ordinary differential equations associated with the second variation. The second novel aspect of our analysis is that we show that the Hamiltonian form of these linear Jacobi equations still provides the appropriate correction term in the inextensible, unshearable limit that is commonly adopted in polymer physics models of, e.g. DNA. Prior analyses of the inextensible case have had to introduce nonlinear and nonlocal integral constraints to express conditions on the relative displacement of the end
Integrable Deformations of the XXZ Spin Chain
Beisert, Niklas; de Leeuw, Marius; Loebbert, Florian
2013-01-01
We consider integrable deformations of the XXZ spin chain for periodic and open boundary conditions. In particular, we classify all long-range deformations and study their impact on the spectrum. As compared to the XXX case, we have the z-spin at our disposal, which induces two additional deformations: the short-range magnetic twist and a new long-range momentum-dependent twist.
Effective Batalin--Vilkovisky theories, equivariant configuration spaces and cyclic chains
Cattaneo, Alberto S
2008-01-01
Kontsevich's formality theorem states that the differential graded Lie algebra of multidifferential operators on a manifold M is L-infinity-quasi-isomorphic to its cohomology. The construction of the L-infinity map is given in terms of integrals of differential forms on configuration spaces of points in the upper half-plane. Here we consider configuration spaces of points in the disk and work equivariantly with respect to the rotation group. This leads to considering the differential graded Lie algebra of multivector fields endowed with a divergence operator. In the case of R^d with standard volume form, we obtain an L-infinity morphism of modules over this differential graded Lie algebra from cyclic chains of the algebra of functions to multivector fields. As a first application we give a construction of traces on algebras of functions with star-products associated with unimodular Poisson structures. The construction is based on the Batalin--Vilkovisky quantization of the Poisson sigma model on the disk and ...
Demand chain management-integrating marketing and supply chain management
Jüttner, Uta; Christopher, Martin; Baker, Susan
2007-01-01
This paper endorses demand chain management as a new business model aimed at creating value in today's marketplace, and combining the strengths of marketing and supply chain competencies. Demand chain design is based on a thorough market understanding and has to be managed in such a way as to effectively meet differing customer needs. Based on a literature review as well as the findings from a co-development workshop and focus group discussions with marketing and supply chain professionals, a...
Fahian Huq, Kulwant Pawar, Helen Rogers
2015-01-01
How a supply chain is configured can have a significant impact on the performance of global firms. More specifically, disturbance factors (i.e. those factors associated with uncertainty and risk) are increasingly important considerations. In the recent past, whole rafts of supply chain disturbances have hit the pharmaceutical sector. For example, in 2008 Baxter Healthcare Corporation was obliged to recall batches of heparin, a blood-thinning drug, following reports of 81 deaths associated wit...
Integrable spin chains and scattering amplitudes
Bartels, J.; Prygarin, A. [Hamburg Univ. (Germany). 2. Inst. fuer Theoretische Physik; Lipatov, L.N. [Hamburg Univ. (Germany). 2. Inst. fuer Theoretische Physik; Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (Russian Federation); Sankt-Peterburgskij Univ., St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)
2011-04-15
In this review we show that the multi-particle scattering amplitudes in N=4 SYM at large N{sub c} and in the multi-Regge kinematics for some physical regions have the high energy behavior appearing from the contribution of the Mandelstam cuts in the complex angular momentum plane of the corresponding t-channel partial waves. These Mandelstam cuts or Regge cuts are resulting from gluon composite states in the adjoint representation of the gauge group SU(N{sub c}). In the leading logarithmic approximation (LLA) their contribution to the six point amplitude is in full agreement with the known two-loop result. The Hamiltonian for the Mandelstam states constructed from n gluons in LLA coincides with the local Hamiltonian of an integrable open spin chain. We construct the corresponding wave functions using the integrals of motion and the Baxter-Sklyanin approach. (orig.)
Path integrals, black holes and configuration space topology
Ortiz, M E
1999-01-01
A path integral derivation is given of a thermal propagator in a collapsing black-hole spacetime. The thermal nature of the propagator as seen by an inertial observer far from the black hole is understood in terms of homotopically non-trivial paths in the configuration space appropriate to tortoise coordinates.
Differential neural network configuration during human path integration
Aiden EGF Arnold
2014-04-01
Full Text Available Path integration is a fundamental skill for navigation in both humans and animals. Despite recent advances in unravelling the neural basis of path integration in animal models, relatively little is known about how path integration operates at a neural level in humans. Previous attempts to characterize the neural mechanisms used by humans to visually path integrate have suggested a central role of the hippocampus in allowing accurate performance, broadly resembling results from animal data. However, in recent years both the central role of the hippocampus and the perspective that animals and humans share similar neural mechanisms for path integration has come into question. The present study uses a data driven analysis to investigate the neural systems engaged during visual path integration in humans, allowing for an unbiased estimate of neural activity across the entire brain. Our results suggest that humans employ common task control, attention and spatial working memory systems across a frontoparietal network during path integration. However, individuals differed in how these systems are configured into functional networks. High performing individuals were found to more broadly express spatial working memory systems in prefrontal cortex, while low performing individuals engaged an allocentric memory system based primarily in the medial occipito-temporal region. These findings suggest that visual path integration in humans over short distances can operate through a spatial working memory system engaging primarily the prefrontal cortex and that the differential configuration of memory systems recruited by task control networks may help explain individual biases in spatial learning strategies.
Research on Cultural Supply Chain Integration and Invocation
Qian Zhang
2014-01-01
Supply chain management is an integrated management method for solving these effective problems which were integrated in existing resources with the overall competitiveness and theirs effects. The supply chain integration and innovation models are proposed with the development and current situation for these global Chinese businessmen. The supply chain integration is given in order to optimize for the culture of Chinese business management. It is established that these practice network p...
Algebraic renormalization and Feynman integrals in configuration spaces
Ceyhan, Ozgur
2013-01-01
This paper continues our previous study of Feynman integrals in configuration spaces and their algebro-geometric and motivic aspects. We consider here both massless and massive Feynman amplitudes, from the point of view of potential theory. We consider a variant of the wonderful compactification of configuration spaces that works simultaneously for all graphs with a given number of vertices and that also accounts for the external structure of Feynman graph. As in our previous work, we consider two version of the Feynman amplitude in configuration space, which we refer to as the real and complex versions. In the real version, we show that we can extend to the massive case a method of evaluating Feynman integrals, based on expansion in Gegenbauer polynomials, that we investigated previously in the massless case. In the complex setting, we show that we can use algebro-geometric methods to renormalize the Feynman amplitudes, so that the renormalized values of the Feynman integrals are given by periods of a mixed ...
Using MDA for integration of heterogeneous components in software supply chains
Hartmann, Herman; Keren, Mila; Matsinger, Aart; Rubin, Julia; Trew, Tim; Yatzkar-Haham, Tali
2013-01-01
Software product lines are increasingly built using components from specialized suppliers. A company that is in the middle of a supply chain has to integrate components from its suppliers and offer (partially configured) products to its customers. To satisfy both the variability required by each cus
Learning to Integrate: Supply Chains Reconceptualised
Sense, Andrew J.; Clements, Michael D. J.
2007-01-01
This paper introduces and explains a conception of supply chains from a situated learning perspective. This non-conventional supply chain perspective invites the reader to consider supply chain scenarios as "situated learning opportunities involving multiple communities of practice" interacting and participating together. It is argued that by…
The Reverse Supply Chain: Configuration, Integration and Profitability
Gobbi, Chiara
2008-01-01
Directive for Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). The electrical and electronic waste represents on average 4% of the total disposed waste in Europe but it is extremely dangerous for the environment due to the materials content; furthermore, the disposing rate has increased every year...... by organisations and communities that are concerned about the deteriorating conditions of the environment, depletion of non-renewable resources, and ever increasing disposal of waste. These concerns find an answer in the approval of environmental legislations, introduced by governments in particular, in Europe...
Energy transport between two integrable spin chains
Biella, Alberto; De Luca, Andrea; Viti, Jacopo; Rossini, Davide; Mazza, Leonardo; Fazio, Rosario
2016-05-01
We study the energy transport in a system of two half-infinite XXZ chains initially kept separated at different temperatures, and later connected and let free to evolve unitarily. By changing independently the parameters of the two halves, we highlight, through bosonization and time-dependent matrix-product-state simulations, the different contributions of low-lying bosonic modes and of fermionic quasiparticles to the energy transport. In the simulations we also observe that the energy current reaches a finite value which only slowly decays to zero. The general picture that emerges is the following. Since integrability is only locally broken in this model, a preequilibration behavior may appear. In particular, when the sound velocities of the bosonic modes of the two halves match, the low-temperature energy current is almost stationary and described by a formula with a nonuniversal prefactor interpreted as a transmission coefficient. Thermalization, characterized by the absence of any energy flow, occurs only on longer time scales which are not accessible with our numerics.
A structural approach to supply chain integration process
Shpetim Cerri
2014-01-01
The competitiveness and dynamics of business environment today expose firms to many challenges. They are part of a whole chain of entities and activities that create goods and services and make them available to customers. Implementation of supply chain management techniques requires thorough integration of processes between supply chain partners in all functional areas, including sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution. This study uses a structural approach to measure supply chain integrat...
1-loop graphs and configuration space integral for embedding spaces
Sakai, Keiichi
2010-01-01
We will construct differential forms on the embedding spaces using configuration space integral associated with 1-loop graphs. In particular, for any pair n, j of positive integers with n-j>=2, we show that some linear combination of such differential forms together with some correction terms coming from a 1-parameter family of immersions gives a closed form on the space fEmb(R^j,R^n) of embeddings with 1-parameter families of immersions to the trivial. We also show that the closed forms obtained detect nontrivial elements of the real homology of the embedding space fEmb(R^j,R^n).
The relationship between firm integration and supply chain orientation
Abu Bakar Abdul Hamid; Inda Sukati
2011-01-01
Supply chain management has become an important issue in a business organization. Organizations are facing increasing competitive pressure with respect to prices, delivery, quality, variety and innovation of products and services. In order to respond to thesechallenges, organizations require an integrated supply chain. The purpose of this research is to present the relationship between firm integration and supply chain orientation and supporting technology as moderating that relationship. The...
Configuration Management Program - a part of Integrated Management System
The recently issued International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) publications (GS-R-3, GS-G-3.1 and GS-G-3.5) regarding Management Systems for Facilities and Activities define requirements for creation, introduction, evaluation and continuously improvement of the Management System, which unifies the safety, health, environment, security, quality and economic elements. According to GS-R-3 the Integrated Management System is based on defined processes identified in the enterprises: Managing, Basic and Supporting processes. At implementation of their activities, the organizations often apply other standards in their interrelations with suppliers and the parties concerned - ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007, regarding quality, environment and occupational health and safety management. The integration of the standards of both series ensure the observance of the common management principles that reflect the best practices of management as leadership, participation of the people, process approach, continuously improvement, systematical approach to the management and approach based on facts used at the making decisions. The main objective of the Integrated Management System introduction is to ensure safety considering the influence of all additional impacts taken together. The Integrated Management System is based on the process approach at implementation of the activities in nuclear power plant. The transition to the process oriented approach require long period of time, during which the distribution of the responsibilities is optimized up to the level that will satisfy the requirements, reach and maintain the stipulated objectives. The Configuration Management (CM) is an integrated management process by means of which conformity between design requirements, physical configuration and the plant documentation is ascertained and maintained during the entire life cycle of the facility. Processes within configuration management are not isolated, but are part of
Risk and Work Configuration Management as a Function of Integrated Safety Management
National Security Technologies, LLC (NSTec), has established a work management program and corresponding electronic Facilities and Operations Management Information System (e-FOM) to implement Integrated Safety Management (ISM). The management of work scopes, the identification of hazards, and the establishment of implementing controls are reviewed and approved through electronic signatures. Through the execution of the program and the implementation of the electronic system, NSTec staff work within controls and utilize feedback and improvement process. The Integrated Work Control Manual further implements the five functions of ISM at the Activity level. By adding the Risk and Work Configuration Management program, NSTec establishes risk acceptance (business and physical) for liabilities within the performance direction and work management processes. Requirements, roles, and responsibilities are specifically identified in the program while e-FOM provides the interface and establishes the flowdown from the Safety Chain to work and facilities management processes to company work-related directives, and finally to Subject Matter Expert concurrence. The Program establishes, within the defined management structure, management levels for risk identification, risk mitigation (controls), and risk acceptance (business and physical) within the Safety Chain of Responsibility. The Program also implements Integrated Safeguards and Security Management within the NSTec Safety Chain of Responsibility. Once all information has been entered into e-FOM, approved, and captured as data, the information becomes searchable and sortable by hazard, location, organization, mitigating controls, etc
Pomini, Armando M; Cruz, Pedro L R; Gai, Cláudia; Araújo, Welington L; Marsaioli, Anita J
2009-12-01
The acyl-homoserine lactones (acyl-HSLs) produced by Methylobacterium mesophilicum isolated from orange trees infected with the citrus variegated chlorosis (CVC) disease have been studied, revealing the occurrence of six long-chain acyl-HSLs, i.e., the saturated homologues (S)-N-dodecanoyl (1) and (S)-N-tetradecanoyl-HSL (5), the uncommon odd-chain N-tridecanoyl-HSL (3), the new natural product (S)-N-(2E)-dodecenoyl-HSL (2), and the rare unsaturated homologues (S)-N-(7Z)-tetradecenoyl (4) and (S)-N-(2E,7Z)-tetradecadienyl-HSL (6). The absolute configurations of all HSLs were determined as 3S. Compounds 2 and 6 were synthesized for the first time. Antimicrobial assays with synthetic acyl-HSLs against Gram-positive bacterial endophytes co-isolated with M. mesophilicum from CVC-infected trees revealed low or no antibacterial activity. PMID:19919062
Supply Chain Management and Sustainability: Procrastinating Integration in Mainstream Research
Marisa P. de Brito
2010-03-01
Full Text Available Research has pointed out opportunities and research agendas to integrate sustainability issues with supply chain and operations management. However, we find that it is still not mainstream practice to systematically take a sustainability approach in tackling supply chain and operations management issues. In this paper, we make use of behavioral theory to explain the current lack of integration. We conclude through abductive reasoning that the reasons for procrastinating integration of sustainability in supply chain and operations management research are the conflicting nature of the task and the inherent context, which is the focus on operations rather than environmental or social issues.
System Dynamics Model for VMI&TPL Integrated Supply Chains
Guo Li
2013-01-01
Full Text Available This paper establishes VMI-APIOBPCS II model by extending VMI-APIOBPCS model from serial supply chain to distribution supply chain. Then TPL is introduced to this VMI distribution supply chain, and operational framework and process of VMI&TPL integrated supply chain are analyzed deeply. On this basis VMI-APIOBPCS II model is then changed to VMI&TPL-APIOBPCS model and VMI&TPL integrated operation mode is simulated. Finally, compared with VMI-APIOBPCS model, the TPL’s important role of goods consolidation and risk sharing in VMI&TPL integrated supply chain is analyzed in detail from the aspects of bullwhip effect, inventory level, service level, and so on.
GLOBAL INTEGRATION OF SUPPLY CHAINS IN TEXTILE/APPAREL INDUSTRY
Salman, Muhammad
2006-01-01
Supply chain management is important. It basically deals with the interconnection of an organization between the different processes that produce value in the form of products and services to the ultimate consumer. The final customer has the only real currency in the supply chain (Nigel S, Stuart C, Robert J; 2001). It has been established that effective supply chain management enables good and services to be produced more efficiently. This project is aimed to investigate the integration of t...
Small Producers and Retailers Network Supply Chains Integration
Milan Davidovic
2010-01-01
The retailers network with e-supplying system can be main sales channel for small local and regional producers and their supply chain. Small producers and retailers network supply chains integration based on modern supply chain management systems (SCM) reduce cost of coordination, increase efficiency and effectiveness of logistics and retail, and create long-term mutual benefit relationship between small producers and retailers in logistics and retailing, branding and their impact on sustain ...
Scenario analysis for supply chain integration in container shipping
Lam, J.S.L.; E. Van de Voorde
2011-01-01
Competition in the business world nowadays is largely between supply chains, rather than individual players only. The same situation exists in container shipping. The study looks into container shipping from an integrated perspective and investigates the nature and level of supply chain integration in container shipping. Based on empirical examinations of the world's top 30 container shipping lines, a scenario analysis is conducted. The paper aims to present the scenario analysis for examinin...
Supply chain planning with sustainability considerations: an integrative framework
Wang, Yang; Akkerman, Renzo; Birkved, Morten;
2011-01-01
This paper proposes a modelling framework for combining supply chain planning and sustainability assessment, illustrating how sustainability assessments of logistic activities can be improved by supply chain planning input, and supply chain planning can in turn make use of the results from...... sustainability assessments. We use mathematical programming for the supply chain planning and life cycle assessment for the modelling and quantification of the environmental impacts. We illustrate the benefits of our integrated framework for a case of production, distribution and storage of food products...... produced on industrial scale, studying several important planning decisions like temperature treatments and choice of packaging materials....
Integrating developing country manufacturing industries into global supply chain
Fasika Bete Georgise
2014-01-01
Full Text Available Purpose: Due to globalization of manufacturing activities, the arena of competition and competitiveness advantage is moving from firms towards supply chains and networks. With the recent advancement of information and communication technologies this participation are becoming as common business practice in developed countries firms. Companies were more integrated into the world market for the global nature of the sourcing, manufacturing and distribution. These changes create both challenges and opportunities for the manufacturing industries in developing countries. The objective of this paper is to examine the level of inter-organizational and intra-organizational supply chain integration practices in developing country, Ethiopia.Design/methodology/approach: An industrial questionnaires survey was used to collect the current practices of the manufacturing industries in Ethiopia as an example of the developing countries. Descriptive statistics is primarily used for the analysis.Findings: Results show a low level of supply chain relationship both in intra and inter organizational supply chain integration level among members. Accordingly, such issues require much attention to facilitate a greater integration within the supply chains in the Ethiopian manufacturing industries.Research limitations/implications: The paper focuses on examining the practices of Ethiopian manufacturing industries empirical data. The interpretation of results should be taken with prudence.Originality/Value: The manufacturing industry in developing countries (MIDC has been a part of the global supply chains for long time as a supplier of raw material and manufacturer of primary products. Currently, the MIDC is trying to access the different markets segment of the world even with new products starting from their local market to the complex and dynamic international market. Nevertheless, their supply chains are inefficient and hence, their competitiveness level far from the
Using integrated information systems in supply chain management
Gonzálvez-Gallego, Nicolás; Molina-Castillo, Francisco-Jose; Soto-Acosta, Pedro; Varajao, Joao; Trigo, Antonio
2015-02-01
The aim of this paper is to empirically test not only the direct effects of information and communication technology (ICT) capabilities and integrated information systems (IS) on firm performance, but also the moderating role of IS integration along the supply chain in the relationship between ICT external and capabilities and business performance. Data collected from 102 large Iberian firms from Spain and Portugal are used to test the research model. The hierarchical multiple regression analysis is employed to test the direct effects and the moderating relationships proposed. Results show that external and internal ICT capabilities are important drivers of firm performance, while merely having integrated IS do not lead to better firm performance. In addition, a moderating effect of IS integration in the relationship between ICT capabilities and business performance is found, although this integration only contributes to firm performance when it is directed to connect with suppliers or customers rather than when integrating the whole supply chain.
An integrated approach to supply chain risk analysis
Marco, Alberto; Cagliano, Anna Corinna; Rafele, Carlo; Grimaldi, Sabrina
2012-01-01
Despite the increasing attention that supply chain risk management is receiving by both researchers and practitioners, companies still lack a risk culture. Moreover, risk management approaches are either too general or require pieces of information not regularly recorded by organisations. This work develops a risk identification and analysis methodology that integrates widely adopted supply chain and risk management tools. In particular, process analysis is performed by means of the standard ...
Integrated utilisation chains of second generation pyrolysis
Solantausta, Y.; Oasmaa, A.; Onarheim, K.; Soimakallio, S.; Kaelli, A. (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo (Finland)), Email: yrjo.solantausta@vtt.fi
2010-10-15
A new liquid biofuel concept is being developed, which is based on integrating a fluidised-bed boiler and fast pyrolysis. Bio-oil may be used in producing heat both for industry and communities. Improving product quality should make it possible later on also higher value uses. An emphasis in the work is placed in quality control of bio-oil production and fuel quality improvement. The work is carried out in three tasks: quality improvement, on-line measurements and markets for next generation bio-oils. The project supports industrial developments. (orig.)
Achieving competitiveness through supply chain integration
Wong, Chee Yew; Arlbjørn, Jan S.; Seerup, Søren
2007-01-01
implementation of a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system together with BPR activities. From the very first day of the project, there was a clear focus on the construction and refinement of prototypes of core processes to meet competitive criteria. The paper provides further support for improving supply...... a Danish manufacturer that has gone through a major transformation process, and the paper intends to discuss how such a Business Process Reengineering (BPR) project aimed to achieve internal integration. The paper demonstrates how improved competitiveness can be obtained through a synchronous...
SUPPLY CHAIN INFORMATION INTEGRATION THROUGH SERVICE ORIENTED ARCHITECTURE
Igor Milanovic
2013-12-01
Full Text Available In recent years information integration became significant problem for both natural and legal persons in everyday operations. Huge amount of information are available, but insufficiently processed in order to have useful value. Choosing the right combination of tools and technologies for integration is prerequisite for requiring information from multiple heterogeneous sources and their qualitative and simple using after.In this paper, we have focused on information integration within companies which are parts of supply chain or network. This environment typically includes a various mix of sources, structured (such as relational or other databases, and unstructured (such as document repositories, spreadsheets, documents, web pages, emails and others. Effective information integration and sharing significantly enhances supply chain practices. Service oriented architecture (SOA is an architectural style for building software applications that use services available in a network such as the web. The use of SOA to achieve inter-enterprise supply network information integration has many advantages.
Integrated decision making for the optimal bioethanol supply chain
Highlights: • Optimal allocation, design and production planning of integrated ethanol plants is considered. • Mixed Integer Programming model is presented for solving the integration problem. • Different tradeoffs can be assessed and analyzed. • The modeling framework represents an useful tool for guiding decision making. - Abstract: Bioethanol production poses different challenges that require an integrated approach. Usually previous works have focused on specific perspectives of the global problem. On the contrary, bioethanol, in particular, and biofuels, in general, requires an integrated decision making framework that takes into account the needs and concerns of the different members involved in its supply chain. In this work, a Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP) model for the optimal allocation, design and production planning of integrated ethanol/yeast plants is considered. The proposed formulation addresses the relations between different aspects of the bioethanol supply chain and provides an efficient tool to assess the global operation of the supply chain taking into account different points of view. The model proposed in this work simultaneously determines the structure of a three-echelon supply chain (raw material sites, production facilities and customer zones), the design of each installed plant and operational considerations through production campaigns. Yeast production is considered in order to reduce the negative environmental impact caused by bioethanol residues. Several cases are presented in order to assess the approach capabilities and to evaluate the tradeoffs among all the decisions
The integral cohomology groups of configuration spaces of pairs of points in real projective spaces
Gonzalez, Jesus
2010-01-01
We compute the integral homology and cohomology groups of configuration spaces of two distinct points on a given real projective space. The explicit answer is related to the (known multiplicative structure in the) integral cohomology---with simple and twisted coefficients---of the dihedral group of order 8 (in the case of unordered configurations) and the elementary abelian 2-group of rank 2 (in the case of ordered configurations).
The Influence of Supply Chain Integration on the Intrapreneurship in Supply Chain Management (SCM
FatemehAshrafganjouei,
2015-12-01
Full Text Available These days, SMEs pay a lot of attention to concept of Supply Chain Management (SCM in order to achieve competitiveness. The logic behind such act is integrating the activities of value creation within any kind of organizational context. Such integrity would collaborate with managers to accomplish the competitive edge that they are aiming to achieve. The goal of current research is to identify scopes of a unique construct which is known as Entrepreneurial Supply Chain Management competency. Therefore, the notions of SCM and entrepreneurship are being aligned together for evaluating the organizational performance. The outcomes demonstrate that SCM in fact is a critical issue that can alter the organizational performance, thus, through consideration of SCM, we should focus on supply chain integration and its impacts on intrapreneurship and innovation of an organization. In order to be successful in such competitive context, SMEs need to provide novel competences which are not imitable and to increase their application in supply chain and also to improve their total performance.
The integral cohomology of configuration spaces of pairs of points in real projective spaces
Dominguez, Carlos; Landweber, Peter
2011-01-01
We compute the integral cohomology ring of configuration spaces of two points on a given real projective space. Apart from an integral class, the resulting ring is a quotient of the known integral cohomology of the dihedral group of order 8 (in the case of unordered configurations, thus has only 2- and 4-torsion) or of the elementary abelian 2-group of rank 2 (in the case of ordered configurations, thus has only 2-torsion). As an application, we complete the computation of the symmetric topological complexity of real projective spaces of dimensions of the form 2^i+j for non-negative i and j with j<3.
Massah, Heshmat; Kontomaris, Kostas; Schowalter, William R.; Hanratty, Thomas J.
1993-04-01
The changes in the configuration of a FENE bead-spring chain in a direct numerical simulation of turbulent channel flow and in some simple rheological flows are examined. Unraveling occurs both in uniaxial and shear flows, but the uniaxial flow is more effective. A vortex with a large rotation rate perpendicular to the principal strain of a uniaxial flow has only a minor retarding effect while a small rotation rate delays the unraveling substantially. In a turbulent flow, the chain unravels the most in the viscous sublayer, to about 90% of its fully extended length. It aligns at a 7° angle with the direction of mean flow. In the buffer zone, it unravels and coils up and takes different orientations at different times. Outside the wall region, the chain assumes a coiled configuration. The unraveling of the chain strongly depends on the relaxation time of the chain normalized with the wall shear rate, λ+. A value of λ+=10 exhibits strong unraveling while very weak unraveling is observed below λ+=1.
Industry and chain responsibilities and integrative social contract theory
2010-01-01
This article shows that business ethics is not capable of explaining the responsibility of limited organized collectives such as chains, sectors and industries. The responsibility of the pharmaceutical industry to make AIDSblockers available for patients in Africa is an example of such a sector responsibility. By using system theory it is possible to understand responsibility at the level of a social system. The Integrative Social Contract Theory has been extended to determine this system&rsq...
B2B Integration in Global Supply Chains
Schubert, Petra; Legner, Christine
2011-01-01
we identify five integration scenarios. In the subsequent confirmatory phase of the research we analyse 112 real-world company cases to validate these five integration scenarios. Our research advances and deepens existing studies by developing a B2B reference model, which reflects the current state...... of practice and is independent of specific implementation technologies. In the next stage of the research the emerging reference model will be extended to create an assessment model for analysing the maturity level of a given company in a specific supply chain....
Expansion of single-link integrals around a saddle-point configuration
Brihaye, Y.; Taormina, A.
1985-12-01
Considering the single-link integrals arising in the mean-field approach of lattice spin and gauge models, we present a simple method to develop these integrals in powers of a fluctuation around the relevant mean-field saddle-point configurations. We illustrate the method by computing four orders in the large-N limit of the U(N) group integral.
Expansion of single-link integrals around a saddle-point configuration
Brihaye, Y.; Taormina, A.
1985-12-15
Considering the single-link integrals arising in the mean-field approach of lattice spin and gauge models, we present a simple method to develop these integrals in powers of a fluctuation around the relevant mean-field saddle-point configurations. We illustrate the method by computing four orders in the large-N limit of the U(N) group integral.
A Multi-parameter Model for Effective Configuration of Supply Chains
Alfredo Lambiase; Alessandro Lambiase; Raffaele Iannone; Salvatore Miranda; Pham, Duc T.
2015-01-01
In this paper, a mathematical model for the strategic planning and design of supply chains in the globalization context is proposed. A multi-objective function is used to address decisions about capacity sizing, sourcing, and facility location, with the scope of maximizing supply chain profits. The model is dynamic and is applied to a multi-echelon, multi-facility and multi-product supply chain in hypotheses of delocalization. The model is characterized by the specific attention given to cost...
Designing a Fuzzy Strategic Integrated Multiechelon Agile Supply Chain Network
Morteza Abbasi
2013-01-01
Full Text Available This paper integrates production, distribution and logistics activities at the strategic decision making level, where the objective is to design a multiechelon supply chain network considering agility as a key design criterion. A network with five echelons of supply chains including suppliers, plants, distribution centers, cross-docks, and customer zones is addressed in this paper. The problem has been mathematically formulated as a biobjective optimization model that aims to minimize the cost (fixed and variable and maximize the plant flexibility and volume flexibility. A novel multiobjective parallel simulating annealing algorithm (MOPSA is proposed to obtain the Pareto-optimal solutions of the problem. The performance of the proposed solution algorithm is compared with two well-known metaheuristics, namely, nondominated sorting genetic algorithm (NSGA-II and Pareto archive evolution strategy (PAES. Computational results show that MOPSA outperforms the other metaheuristics.
Reliability modelling - PETROBRAS 2010 integrated gas supply chain
Faertes, Denise; Heil, Luciana; Saker, Leonardo; Vieira, Flavia; Risi, Francisco; Domingues, Joaquim; Alvarenga, Tobias; Carvalho, Eduardo; Mussel, Patricia
2010-09-15
The purpose of this paper is to present the innovative reliability modeling of Petrobras 2010 integrated gas supply chain. The model represents a challenge in terms of complexity and software robustness. It was jointly developed by PETROBRAS Gas and Power Department and Det Norske Veritas. It was carried out with the objective of evaluating security of supply of 2010 gas network design that was conceived to connect Brazilian Northeast and Southeast regions. To provide best in class analysis, state of the art software was used to quantify the availability and the efficiency of the overall network and its individual components.
Madenoor Ramapriya, Gautham [Purdue University; Jiang, Zheyu [Purdue University; Tawarmalani, Mohit [Purdue University; Agrawal, Rakesh [Purdue University
2015-11-11
We propose a general method to consolidate distillation columns of a distillation configuration using heat and mass integration. The proposed method encompasses all heat and mass integrations known till date, and includes many more. Each heat and mass integration eliminates a distillation column, a condenser, a reboiler and the heat duty associated with a reboiler. Thus, heat and mass integration can potentially offer significant capital and operating cost benefits. In this talk, we will study the various possible heat and mass integrations in detail, and demonstrate their benefits using case studies. This work will lay out a framework to synthesize an entire new class of useful configurations based on heat and mass integration of distillation columns.
Supply chain integration scales validation and benchmark values
Juan A. Marin-Garcia
2013-06-01
Full Text Available Purpose: The clarification of the constructs of the supply chain integration (clients, suppliers, external and internal, the creation of a measurement instrument based on a list of items taken from earlier papers, the validation of these scales and a preliminary benchmark to interpret the scales by percentiles based on a set of control variables (size of the plant, country, sector and degree of vertical integration. Design/methodology/approach: Our empirical analysis is based on the HPM project database (2005-2007 timeframe. The international sample is made up of 266 plants across ten countries: Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, Sweden and the USA. In each country. We analized the descriptive statistics, internal consistency testing to purify the items (inter-item correlations, Cronbach’s alpha, squared multiple correlation, corrected item-total correlation, exploratory factor analysis, and finally, a confirmatory factor analysis to check the convergent and discriminant validity of the scales. The analyses will be done with the SPSS and EQS programme using the maximum likelihood parameter estimation method. Findings: The four proposed scales show excellent psychometric properties. Research limitations/implications: with a clearer and more concise designation of the supply chain integration measurement scales more reliable and accurate data could be taken to analyse the relations between these constructs with other variables of interest to the academic l fields. Practical implications: providing scales that are valid as a diagnostic tool for best practices, as well as providing a benchmark with which to compare the score for each individual plant against a collection of industrial companies from the machinery, electronics and transportation sectors. Originality/value: supply chain integration may be a major factor in explaining the performance of companies. The results are nevertheless inconclusive, the vast range
Andréia de Abreu; Rosane Lúcia Chicarelli Alcântara
2015-01-01
Supply Chain Management can be seen as a way to achieve integration of all corporate functions. In practice, Supply Chain Management is complex and characterized by numerous activities spread over multiple functions and organizations, which pose challenges to reach effective implementation. Based on literature review, the objective of this paper is to present the theoretical indications regarding professional profile recommended for the Supply Chain Management and discuss the role of these pr...
Adoption of GM technology in livestock production chains: an integrating framework
Novoselova, T.; Meuwissen, M.P.M.; Huirne, R.B.M.
2007-01-01
This paper presents an integrating framework for analysing the adoption of new technologies in food chains. We review the literature on the adoption of genetic modification in livestock production chains and conclude that an integrated chain approach is currently lacking. Such an approach is, howeve
Ling, FYY; Toh, BGY; Kumaraswamy, MM; Wong, KWK
2014-01-01
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigates strategies for achieving better integration between the design and construction (DC) and operation and maintenance (OM) supply chains in Singapore. The specific objectives are to: discover the goals that stakeholders want to achieve in integrating the supply chains; identify the stakeholders that play important integration role in each supply chain; and investigate the effective strategies that may yield better integration of the supply ...
Integrating the processes of a Kraft pulp and paper mill and its supply chain
Highlights: • A process integration model that establishes material stream connections among typical Nordic forest industries is developed. • Potential benefit of the operating the different industries in one site is studied using pinch analysis. • Different scenarios considered to assess impact of prioritization on how to utilize excess biomass. • Results indicate large potential for improved biomass resource utilization. - Abstract: This paper investigates the possibility of combining different forest industries (a pulp and paper mill, its supply chain, and a wood-pellet plant) into an integrated industrial site in which they share a common heat and power utility. Advanced process integration and optimization techniques are used to study the site from both material and energy viewpoints. An existing pulp and paper mill is used as the site core plant and its pulp and paper production rates are kept fixed as they are in reality, while the other material flow links among the plants are based on the current industrial situation in Sweden. Different scenarios are evaluated in order to reflect the two main objectives that can be pursued (increased electricity production or biomass resource saving) and the two technologies that can be considered for the shared CHP system (boilers and product gas fired gas turbines). The corresponding non-integrated (standalone) configurations are compared to these scenarios to quantify the potential benefits of the integration. Investment opportunity is also calculated for the considered scenarios as an indicator of the economic convenience
COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE BY INTEGRATED E-BUSINESS IN SUPPLY CHAINS: A STRATEGIC APPROACH
Gheorghe MILITARU; Daniel SERBANICA
2008-01-01
This paper reports findings of the competitive advantage of supply chain integration and the crucial role of integrated e-business to deliver those benefits. However, adoption of e-business in supply chains has been slower than expected, particularly in small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Differences between firms in supply chains and between supply chains are examined. Across industries, firms have adopted e-business initiatives to better manage their internal business processes as wel...
M.E. Ortiz; Vendrell, F.
1997-01-01
A quantum mechanical path integral derivation is given of a thermal propagator in non-static Gui spacetime. The thermal nature of the propagator is understood in terms of homotopically non-trivial paths in the configuration space appropriate to tortoise coordinates. The connection to thermal emission from collapsing black holes is discussed.
Integrating Poverty and Environmental Concerns into Value-Chain Analysis: A Conceptual Framework
Bolwig, Simon; Ponte, Stefano; du Toit, Andries;
2010-01-01
Many policy prescriptions emphasise poverty reduction through closer integration of poor people or areas with global markets. Global value chain (GVC) studies reveal how firms and farms in developing countries are upgraded by being integrated in global markets, but few explicitly document the...... environmental analyses by integrating the 'vertical' and 'horizontal' aspects of value chains that together affect poverty and sustainability....
The quench action approach in finite integrable spin chains
Alba, Vincenzo; Calabrese, Pasquale
2016-04-01
We consider the problem of constructing the stationary state following a quantum quench, using the exact overlaps for finite size integrable models. We focus on the isotropic Heisenberg spin chain with initial state Néel or Majumdar–Ghosh (dimer), although the proposed approach is valid for an arbitrary integrable model. We consider only eigenstates which do not contain zero-momentum strings because the latter are affected by fictitious singularities that are very difficult to take into account. We show that the fraction of eigenstates that do not contain zero-momentum strings is vanishing in the thermodynamic limit. Consequently, restricting to this part of the Hilbert space leads to vanishing expectation values of local observables. However, it is possible to reconstruct the asymptotic values by properly reweighting the expectations in the considered subspace, at the price of introducing finite-size corrections. We also develop a Monte Carlo sampling of the Hilbert space which allows us to study larger systems. We accurately reconstruct the expectation values of the conserved charges and the root distributions in the stationary state, which turn out to match the exact thermodynamic results. The proposed method can be implemented even in cases in which an analytic thermodynamic solution is not obtainable.
Andréia de Abreu
2015-03-01
Full Text Available Supply Chain Management can be seen as a way to achieve integration of all corporate functions. In practice, Supply Chain Management is complex and characterized by numerous activities spread over multiple functions and organizations, which pose challenges to reach effective implementation. Based on literature review, the objective of this paper is to present the theoretical indications regarding professional profile recommended for the Supply Chain Management and discuss the role of these professionals in cross-functional business processes. The literature review demonstrated a growing interest in the thematic, especially because the “soft” aspects (human and behavioral to achieve supply chain internal and external integration. All functions must be involved in Supply Chain Management and supply chain managers have a critical role to play: challenge the supremacy of functions in the organizational structure, implementing the practice of "horizontal work" through cross-functional teams. Overall, this research contributes to academic and practical professionals by the description of the job profile of the supply chain managers and presentation of forms to achieve internal integration.
Integrated Models and Tools for Design and Management of Global Supply Chain
Accorsi, Riccardo
2013-01-01
In modern and global supply chain, the increasing trend toward product variety, level of service, short delivery delay and response time to consumers, highlight the importance to set and configure smooth and efficient logistic processes and operations. In order to comply such purposes the supply chain management (SCM) theory entails a wide set of models, algorithms, procedure, tools and best practices for the design, the management and control of articulated supply chain networks and logis...
Configuration space integrals and the cohomology of the space of homotopy string links
Munson, Brian A
2011-01-01
Configuration space integrals have in recent years been used for studying the cohomology of spaces of (string) knots and links in $\\mathbb{R}^n$ for $n>3$ since they provide a map from a certain differential algebra of diagrams to the deRham complex of differential forms on the spaces of knots and links. We refine this construction so that it now applies to the space of homotopy string links -- the space of smooth maps of some number of copies of $\\mathbb{R}$ in $\\mathbb{R}^n$ with fixed behavior outside a compact set and such that the images of the copies of $\\R$ are disjoint -- even for $n=3$. We further study the case $n=3$ in degree zero and show that our integrals represent a universal finite type invariant of the space of classical homotopy string links. As a consequence, we obtain configuration space integral expressions for Milnor invariants of string links.
Stakeholders Integration in Higher Education: Supply Chain Approach
Al-Turki, U. M.; Duffuaa, S.; Ayar, T.; Demirel, O.
2008-01-01
Supply chain management principles have emerged in the last decade as a strategic option to meet new challenges in global business environment. Viewing business environment as part of a chain, starting from raw material suppliers to end customers passing by producers, is at the heart of supply-chain management. Many management principles have…
Classification of integrable hydrodynamic chains and generating functions of conservation laws
A new approach to classification of integrable hydrodynamic chains is established. Generating functions of conservation laws are classified by the method of hydrodynamic reductions. The N parametric family of explicit hydrodynamic reductions allows us to reconstruct corresponding hydrodynamic chains. Many new hydrodynamic chains are found
Research on Port Supply Chain Logistics Integration Based on the Internet of Things
Wang Jiu-He; Su Li-Huan
2013-01-01
In this paper, we propose port logistics integration of supply chain integration model on the basis of port supply chain. According to the information integrated manner in the vertical integration model, use of the Internet of Things technology, built within the port logistics information platform based on the Internet of Things. And take other ports in the port group,the upstream and downstream enterprises and port units into account, by expanding and upgr...
Integrating plastic recycling industries into the automotive supply chain
MAUDET-CHARBUILLET, Carole; Bertoluci, Gwenola; FROELICH, Daniel
2012-01-01
Chains for recycling the plastics used in the automotive industry are complex systems just emerging. In this paper we propose to explain the reasons which have so far prevented these recycling chains from achieving a sufficiently regulated state to make them reliable partners for automotive manufacturers. On the basis of this, and taking recycling polypropylene as an example, we propose to use a dynamic flow model of this chain to identify the critical parameters on which achieving this regul...
AN EXPLORATORY APPROACH TO INTEGRATION OF BUSINESS PRACTICES IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Constangioara Alexandru
2014-07-01
After reviewing the literature on supply chain integration, present paper proposes an exploratory analysis of the measurement model corresponding to logistics integration. A Romanian dataset of 21 firms from various industries, covering all levels of a supply chain, from production to commerce is used to conduct a principal factor analysis to test for (a content validity, (b substantive validity, (c uni-dimensionality and (d reliability of scales used to measure integration in supply chains. Also the principal component analysis is used to forecast both dependent and independent variables subsequently used in an OLS estimation of the relationship between supply chain integration and performances in Romanian supply chains. Results support the conclusion that Romanian supply chains focus on a strategy of operational excellence.
Dumigan, Natasha M; Lin, Tzu-Ching E; Good, Mark; Honey, Robert C
2015-06-01
Two experiments investigated the capacity of rats to learn configural discriminations requiring integration of contextual (where) with temporal (when) information. In Experiment 1, during morning training sessions, food was delivered in context A and not in context B, whereas during afternoon sessions food was delivered in context B and not in context A. Rats acquired this discrimination over the course of 20 days. Experiment 2 employed a directly analogous aversive conditioning procedure in which footshock served in place of food. This procedure allowed the acquisition of the discrimination to be assessed through changes in activity to the contextual + temporal configurations (i.e., inactivity or freezing) and modulation of the immediate impact of footshock presentations (i.e., post-shock activity bursts). Both measures provided evidence of configural learning over the course of 12 days, with a final test showing that the presentation of footshock resulted in more post-shock activity in the nonreinforced than reinforced configurations. These behavioral effects reveal important parallels between (i) configural discrimination learning involving components allied to episodic memory and (ii) simple conditioning. PMID:25762427
Semi-classical locality for the non-relativistic path integral in configuration space
Gomes, Henrique
2015-01-01
In an accompanying paper, we have put forward an interpretation of quantum mechanics grounded on a non-relativistic Lagrangian 3+1 formalism of a closed Universe, existing on timeless configuration space. However, not much was said there about the role of locality, which was not assumed. In this paper, I describe how subsystems existing in (spatial) regions with fixed boundary conditions can be represented as submanifolds of the complete configuration space. I show that if the action functional can be put in the form of Riemannian distance element, then dynamical independence of the subsystem implies that the respective submanifolds are totally geodesic. When two regions are mutually independent the semi-classical path integral kernel factorizes, showing cluster decomposition. To exemplify these constructions I then construct a specific gravitational system with two propagating physical degrees of freedom and no refoliation-invariance. Finally, considering the path integral in this 3+1 context, I implement an...
Csete, Maria; Szenes, Andras; Szalai, Aniko; Szabo, Gabor
2014-01-01
Configurations capable of maximizing both absorptance and polarization contrast were determined for 1550 nm polarized light illumination of different plasmonic structure integrated superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) consisting of p=264 nm and P=792 nm periodic niobium-nitride (NbN) patterns on silica substrate. Global NbN absorptance maxima appear in case of p/s-polarized light illumination in S/P-orientation (gamma=90 azimuthal angle) and the highest polarization contrast is attained in S-orientation of all devices. Common nanophotonical origin of absorptance enhancement is collective resonance on nano-cavity-gratings with different profiles, which is promoted by coupling between localized modes in quarter wavelength MIM nano-cavities and laterally synchronized Brewster-Zenneck-type surface waves in integrated SNSPDs possessing a three-quarter-wavelength-scaled periodicity. The spectral sensitivity and dispersion characteristics reveal that device design specific optimal configurations...
Applying Fuzzy Multiobjective Integrated Logistics Model to Green Supply Chain Problems
Chui-Yu Chiu; Yi Lin; Ming-Feng Yang
2014-01-01
The aim of this paper is attempting to explore the optimal way of supply chain management within the domain of environmental responsibility and concerns. The background of this research involves the issue of green supply chain management (GSCM) and the concept of the multiobjective integrated logistics model. More specifically, in this paper, we suggest the fuzzy multiobjective integrated logistics model with the transportation cost and demand fuzziness to solve green supply chain problems in...
An Empirical Study on the Influencing Factors of Design Chain Integration
D.Y. Sha; G.R. Liang; Kun-Chih Huang
2013-01-01
The main objective of this study is to identify the key factors that will affect the successful execution of design chain as integrating into a traditional supply chain. Facing the current highly volatile global market, the industries have well accepted the concept of Supply Chain Management (SCM) which integrating upstream and downstream to improve the competitiveness of products. However, product innovation capability would become critical when most of th...
Mária Csete; Gábor Szekeres; András Szenes; Anikó Szalai; Gábor Szabó
2014-01-01
Configurations capable of maximizing both the absorption component of system detection efficiency and the achievable polarization contrast were determined for 1550 nm polarized light illumination of different plasmonic structure integrated superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) consisting of p = 264 nm and P = 792 nm periodic niobium nitride (NbN) patterns on silica substrate. Global effective NbN absorptance maxima appear in case of p/s-polarized light illumination in S/P-...
Supply Chain Integration, Competition Capability and Business Performance: A Study on Turkish SMEs
A.I. Özdemir
2011-11-01
Full Text Available In this study, the effect of supply chain integration on the SME’s (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises competition capability and performance is attempted to be investigated. The data is gathered from the conducted surveys with 181 SMEs. Regression models have been built between supply chain integration and competition capability and by building hierarchical regression models between competition ability, supply chain integration and performance, the effects are attempted to be determined. As a result, it is found that supply chain integration affects competition capability positively and competition capability partially affects performance positively. It is also found that supply chain integration has very little effect on business performance; affects only market performance positively.
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1978-04-01
The economic success of an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) system is highly dependent on a platform which provides adequate support for the power system, accommodates reliably the cold water pipe, and is most cost effective. The results of a study conducted for the Department of Energy to assess six generic types of platforms to determine the most satisfactory platform for severl potential sites are presented. The six platform configurations are ship, circular barge, semi-submersible, Tuned Sphere, submersible, and spar. These represent directional and symmetric types of platforms which operate on the surface, at the interface, and submerged. The five sites for this study were primarily New Orleans, Keahole Point (Hawaii), Brazil, and secondarily Key West and Puerto Rico. Electrical transmission of energy by submarine cable is the planned form of energy transmission for all sites except Brazil, where chemical conversion is to be the method of transmission. This study is devoted to the platform (or ocean systems) of the OTEC plant which is chiefly comprised of the hull and structure, the seawater system, the position control system, and miscellaneous support/assembly systems. The principal elements in the work breakdown structure for the commercial plants are presented. The assessment of the six platform configurations was conducted utilizing a baseline plan (100-MW(e) (Net)) and site (New Orleans) with variations from the baseline to cover the range of interested platforms and sites.
Research on Dairy Foods’ Cold Chain Logistics Development Based on "Dumbbell" Integration Strategy
Yong Liu
2014-12-01
Full Text Available In order to study the causes of weak development of dairy foods’ cold chain logistics industry in china, we analyze the role that the improvement of living standards play in dairy foods’ cold chain logistics to put forward higher requirements. This study discusses many serious problems in Chinese dairy foods’ cold chain logistics industry, cold chain logistics system is incomplete, which cause a lot of damage to people's mental and physical. For these evergrowing problems, countries need to introduce policies and regulations, to support the development of cold chain logistics industry, increased investment, vigorously develop the integrated cold chain logistics development, so as to promote the "Dumbbell" integration development strategy of Dairy foods’ cold chain logistics industry, to deal with the relationship between government and market and make the regional contribution to the realization of Chinese dream.
Claudia B. Struwig
2013-05-01
Full Text Available Restaurants, in general, utilise numerous suppliers. Normally they deliver on different days in the week and at different times during the day, logistically not an optimum approach. Not only does the current practice cause frequent interruptions, but by segregating the food supply chain unnecessary traffic is generated. This article investigated the need for developing a third party supplier hub, the best positioning of that hub and the most economical routes to the customers. With the aim of providing non-franchised restaurants with the necessary leverage to become market leaders, the hub is planned to only service the restaurants within the vicinity of the Stellenbosch area. In such a hub-configured supply chain, the suppliers would be delivering to the proposed hub, from where once-off deliveries to all the restaurants may be made on days and/or times determined by them. In order to investigate the benefits of providing such a hub structure, a systematic implementation approach was used. The first step was to do market research in order to establish the need for such a hub. That is, the viability of the hub from a restaurant’s perspective was established. The next step entailed the investigation of the design criteria needed in determining a favourable hub location. Four possible hub locations were identified. The Clark and Wright’s savings algorithm was then used to determine the optimal hub location and the feasibility of the results was verified with the aid of a global positioning system (GPS device. The last steps followed involved the determination of an effective hub floor plan that may be utilised, possible products that can be supplied to the restaurants and the necessary assets needed to provide the hub’s service. Finally, by incorporating all these facets, a cost analysis was done to determine the hub’s profitability.
This document provides a configuration control plan for the software associated with the operation and control of the Integrated Water Treatment System (IWTS). It establishes requirements for ensuring configuration item identification, configuration control, configuration status accounting, defect reporting and resolution of computer software. It is written to comply with HNF-SD-SNF-CM-001, Spent Nuclear Fuel Configuration Management Plan (Forehand 1998) and HNF-PRO-309 Computer Software Quality Assurance Requirements, and applicable sections of administrative procedure CM-6-037-00, SNF Project Process Automation Software and Equipment
A novel configuration for a brushless DC motor with an integrated planetary gear train
Yan, Hong-Sen; Wu, Yi-Chang
2006-06-01
This paper presents a novel configuration of a brushless DC (BLDC) motor with an integrated planetary gear train, which provides further functional and structural integrations to overcome inherent drawbacks of traditional designs. The effects of gear teeth on the magnetic field and performance of the BLDC motor are investigated. Two standard gear profile systems integrated on the stator with feasible numbers of gear teeth are introduced to reduce the cogging torque. An equivalent magnetic circuit model and an air-gap permeance model are applied to analytically analyze the magnetic field, while the validity is verified by 2-D finite-element method (FEM). Furthermore, the motor performance is discussed and compared with an existing design. The results show that the present design has the characteristics of lower cogging torque and torque ripple than the conventional design, which is of benefit to the widely applications on accurate motion and position control for BLDC motors.
基于构件配置的SCM研究%Investigation on Supply Chain Management Based on Component Configuration
张洁; 陈淮莉; 马登哲
2004-01-01
From supply-push mode to demand-pull mode, SCM systems will face four main points: (1) real time visibility that covers the whole supply chain, (2) agility for choice of supply and source, (3) response to diverse customer demands and short delivery deadlines, and (4) rapid occurrence of new products following the market trends and new designs. Component-based SCM has become a hot spot in research areas. A multi-layer framework is set up, including a database server layer, an application server layer, a kernel component layer and a user interface layer. Some function components are designed, which are optimal planning arithmetic components, controller components and evaluation indexes components, in order to suit both discrete and continuous manufacturing. This paper studies a three-dimensional SCM configuration method based on the types of enterprise, manufacturing and products, provides powerful tools for SCM system implementations, and adopts an object-oriented technology to construct component-based distributed information system to assure right time, right materials, right place, right quantity and right customers.
Peyman Ghafari Ashtiani
2013-09-01
Full Text Available Supply chain is a widely used concept around the world. Nowadays, companies need to integrate their production processes, from the raw materials to the end-user. Supply chain management is a phenomenon that achieves this in a way that ensures customers get reliable and fast service and high quality products at the lowest possible cost. There is very limited and sporadic research on supply chain integration and how it affects supply chain performance. Therefore there is no real understanding of the concept of supply chain integration and how it affects supply chain performance nor is there a holistic model. This paper thus aims to present a model that identifies factors affecting the relationship between supply chain integration and customer delivery performance. After analyzing the collected data on supply chain integration and customer delivery performance, the preliminary model was proposed and completed, and using expert opinion in the Imam Khomeini Oil Refinery the final model and for factors affecting the relationship between supply chain integration and customer delivery performance were presented. To determine how these factors interrelate with each other, the DEMATEL method was then used. The statistical population included the staff at Imam Khomeini Oil Refinery in Shazand. The data, collected through the standard DEMATEL questionnaire, were analyzed using the DEMATEL method and a MATLAB program. The DEMATEL results indicate that intra-organizational factors, institutional norms, technological certainties are causal factors which influence other factors that affect the relationship between supply chain integration and customer delivery performance. Intra-organizational factor have a greater influence also among effect factors, substructures have the greatest influence.
Orlicz integrability of additive functionals of Harris ergodic Markov chains
Adamczak, Radosław
2012-01-01
For a Harris ergodic Markov chain $(X_n)_{n\\ge 0}$, on a general state space, started from the so called small measure or from the stationary distribution we provide optimal estimates for Orlicz norms of sums $\\sum_{i=0}^\\tau f(X_i)$, where $\\tau$ is the first regeneration time of the chain. The estimates are expressed in terms of other Orlicz norms of the function $f$ (wrt the stationary distribution) and the regeneration time $\\tau$ (wrt the small measure). We provide applications to tail estimates for additive functionals of the chain $(X_n)$ generated by unbounded functions as well as to classical limit theorems (CLT, LIL, Berry-Esseen).
1992-01-01
The function of the Space Station Furnace Facility (SSFF) is to support materials research into the crystal growth and solidification processes of electronic and photonic materials, metals and alloys, and glasses and ceramics. To support this broad base of research requirements, the SSFF will employ a variety of furnace modules which will be operated, regulated, and supported by a core of common subsystems. Furnace modules may be reconfigured or specifically developed to provide unique solidification conditions for each set of experiments. The SSFF modular approach permits the addition of new or scaled-up furnace modules to support the evolution of the facility as new science requirements are identified. The SSFF Core is of modular design to permit augmentation for enhanced capabilities. The fully integrated configuration of the SSFF will consist of three racks with the capability of supporting up to two furnace modules per rack. The initial configuration of the SSFF will consist of two of the three racks and one furnace module. This Experiment/Facility Requirements Document (E/FRD) describes the integrated facility requirements for the Space Station Freedom (SSF) Integrated Configuration-1 (IC1) mission. The IC1 SSFF will consist of two racks: the Core Rack, with the centralized subsystem equipment; and the Experiment Rack-1, with Furnace Module-1 and the distributed subsystem equipment to support the furnace. The SSFF support functions are provided by the following Core subsystems: power conditioning and distribution subsystem (SSFF PCDS); data management subsystem (SSFF DMS); thermal control Subsystem (SSFF TCS); gas distribution subsystem (SSFF GDS); and mechanical structures subsystem (SSFF MSS).
LINKED DATA PARADIGM FOR ENTERPRISES: INFORMATION INTEGRATION AND VALUE CHAIN
Hladky, D.; Maltseva, S.
2013-01-01
Data integration in enterprises is a crucial but at the same time costly and challenging problem. While business-critical information is stored in ERP, CRM, SCM and in Content Management systems the integration of such becomes even more critical when integrating with the growing information space on the Web. The IT industry has developed over the last decade integration solutions based on Master Data Management, Business Intelligence and the Service Oriented Architecture. However, we become i...
Supply Chain Control: A Theory of Vertical Integration
Ursino, Giovanni
2009-01-01
Improving a company's bargaining position is often cited as a chief motivation to vertically integrate with suppliers. This paper expands on that view in building a new theory of vertical integration. In my model firms integrate to gain bargaining power against other suppliers in the production process. The cost of integration is a loss of flexibility in choosing the most suitable suppliers for a particular final product. I show that the firms who make the most specific investments in the pro...
Siefken, L.J.
1999-01-01
Models were designed to resolve deficiencies in the SCDAP/RELAP5/MOD3.2 calculations of the configuration and integrity of hot, partially oxidized cladding. These models are expected to improve the calculations of several important aspects of fuel rod behavior. First, an improved mapping was established from a compilation of PIE results from severe fuel damage tests of the configuration of melted metallic cladding that is retained by an oxide layer. The improved mapping accounts for the relocation of melted cladding in the circumferential direction. Then, rules based on PIE results were established for calculating the effect of cladding that has relocated from above on the oxidation and integrity of the lower intact cladding upon which it solidifies. Next, three different methods were identified for calculating the extent of dissolution of the oxidic part of the cladding due to its contact with the metallic part. The extent of dissolution effects the stress and thus the integrity of the oxidic part of the cladding. Then, an empirical equation was presented for calculating the stress in the oxidic part of the cladding and evaluating its integrity based on this calculated stress. This empirical equation replaces the current criterion for loss of integrity which is based on temperature and extent of oxidation. Finally, a new rule based on theoretical and experimental results was established for identifying the regions of a fuel rod with oxidation of both the inside and outside surfaces of the cladding. The implementation of these models is expected to eliminate the tendency of the SCDAP/RELAP5 code to overpredict the extent of oxidation of the upper part of fuel rods and to underpredict the extent of oxidation of the lower part of fuel rods and the part with a high concentration of relocated material. This report is a revision and reissue of the report entitled, Improvements in Modeling of Cladding Oxidation and Meltdown.
Integrable inhomogeneous spin chains in generalized Lunin-Maldacena backgrounds
We obtain through a Matrix Product Ansatz the exact solution of the most general inhomogeneous spin chain with nearest neighbor interaction and with U(1)2 and U(1)3 symmetries. These models are related to the one loop mixing matrix of the Leigh-Strassler deformed N = 4 SYM theory, dual to type IIB string theory in the generalized Lunin-Maldacena backgrounds, in the sectors of two and three kinds of fields, respectively. The solutions presented here generalizes the results obtained by the author in a previous work for homogeneous spins chains with U(1)N symmetries in the sectors of N = 2 and N = 3. (author)
Food retailers as drivers of supply chain integration: A review
Hanf, Jon Henrich
2008-01-01
In recent years strictly coordinated supply chains have gained in importance in the agri-food business sector. In this context this article aims to provide a review of the state of the art of verticalisation and of supply chain management in agri-food business. Because today food retailers can be considered to be one of the most powerful actors in this sector the article also aims to provide an overview of the connection between retail developments and verticalisation. The proposition in this...
Space station integrated propulsion and fluid system study: Fluid systems configuration databook
Rose, L.; Bicknell, B.; Bergman, D.; Wilson, S.
1987-01-01
This databook contains fluid system requirements and system descriptions for Space Station program elements including the United States and International modules, integrated fluid systems, attached payloads, fluid servicers and vehicle accommodation facilities. Separate sections are devoted to each of the program elements and include a discussion of the overall system requirements, specific fluid systems requirements and systems descriptions. The systems descriptions contain configurations, fluid inventory data and component lists. In addition, a list of information sources is referenced at the end of each section.
Ouyang, Huanhuan
2012-01-01
The Shengda Market Group is one of the biggest professional supermarket chains of Shengli Oilfield. The company was founded in January 1996 and is located in the Dongying area. Shengda has its own logistic center with domestically leading equipment and facilities of cold chain, sorting, segmentation, testing and packaging. Besides, Shengda Market adopts the modern integrated supply chain model “Intermediary organization + agricultural cooperative organizations”, establishes the partnership wi...
Food safety objective: an integral part of food chain management
Gorris, L.G.M.
2005-01-01
The concept of food safety objective has been proposed to provide a target for operational food safety management, leaving flexibility in the way equivalent food safety levels are achieved by different food chains. The concept helps to better relate operational food safety management to public healt
Industry and chain responsibilities and integrative social contract theory
Wempe, J.F.D.B. (Johan)
2010-01-01
This article shows that business ethics is not capable of explaining the responsibility of limited organized collectives such as chains, sectors and industries. The responsibility of the pharmaceutical industry to make AIDSblockers available for patients in Africa is an example of such a sector resp
SUPPLY CHAIN INFORMATION INTEGRATION THROUGH SERVICE ORIENTED ARCHITECTURE
Igor Milanovic; Miladin Stefanovic; Zora Arsovski; Dragana Rejman Petrovic; Vladimir Rankovic; Zoran Kalinic
2013-01-01
In recent years information integration became significant problem for both natural and legal persons in everyday operations. Huge amount of information are available, but insufficiently processed in order to have useful value. Choosing the right combination of tools and technologies for integration is prerequisite for requiring information from multiple heterogeneous sources and their qualitative and simple using after.In this paper, we have focused on information integration within companie...
Jadoon, K. Z.; Altaf, M. U.; McCabe, M. F.; Hoteit, I.; Moghadas, D.
2014-12-01
In arid and semi-arid regions, soil salinity has a major impact on agro-ecosystems, agricultural productivity, environment and sustainability. High levels of soil salinity adversely affect plant growth and productivity, soil and water quality, and may eventually result in soil erosion and land degradation. Being essentially a hazard, it's important to monitor and map soil salinity at an early stage to effectively use soil resources and maintain soil salinity level below the salt tolerance of crops. In this respect, low frequency electromagnetic induction (EMI) systems can be used as a noninvasive method to map the distribution of soil salinity at the field scale and at a high spatial resolution. In this contribution, an EMI system (the CMD Mini-Explorer) is used to estimate soil salinity using a Bayesian approach implemented via a Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) sampling for inversion of multi-configuration EMI measurements. In-situ and EMI measurements were conducted across a farm where Acacia trees are irrigated with brackish water using a drip irrigation system. The electromagnetic forward model is based on the full solution of Maxwell's equation, and the subsurface is considered as a three-layer problem. In total, five parameters (electrical conductivity of three layers and thickness of top two layers) were inverted and modeled electrical conductivities were converted into the universal standard of soil salinity measurement (i.e. using the method of electrical conductivity of a saturated soil paste extract). Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed scheme successfully recovers soil salinity and reduces the uncertainties in the prior estimate. Analysis of the resulting posterior distribution of parameters indicates that electrical conductivity of the top two layers and the thickness of the first layer are well constrained by the EMI measurements. The proposed approach allows for quantitative mapping and monitoring of the spatial electrical conductivity
Mária Csete
2015-02-01
Full Text Available Configurations capable of maximizing both the absorption component of system detection efficiency and the achievable polarization contrast were determined for 1550 nm polarized light illumination of different plasmonic structure integrated superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs consisting of p = 264 nm and P = 792 nm periodic niobium nitride (NbN patterns on silica substrate. Global effective NbN absorptance maxima appear in case of p/s-polarized light illumination in S/P-orientation (γ = 90°/0° azimuthal angle and the highest polarization contrast is attained in S-orientation of all devices. Common nanophotonical origin of absorptance enhancement is collective resonance on nanocavity gratings with different profiles, which is promoted by coupling between localized modes in quarter-wavelength metal-insulator-metal nanocavities and laterally synchronized Brewster-Zenneck-type surface waves in integrated SNSPDs possessing a three-quarter-wavelength-scaled periodicity. The spectral sensitivity and dispersion characteristics reveal that device design specific optimal configurations exist.
A Review on the Integration of Supply Chain Management and Industrial Cluster
Mangano, Giulio; Marco, Alberto
2013-01-01
Although Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Industrial Cluster (IC) are two different fields of study, it has been identified that there is a natural and internal relationship between these two theories. Most of research works depict that, integration of the two concepts is in its infancy. The aim of this research is to review the integration between supply chain management and industrial cluster, at the same time to identify the gap and propose solution. To achieve the research aim, two pairs...
Design of an Integrated Methodology for Analytical Design of Complex Supply Chains
Shahid Rashid; Richard Weston
2012-01-01
A literature review and gap analysis indentifies key limitations of industry best practice when modelling of supply chains. To address these limitations the paper reports on the conception and development of an integrated modelling methodology designed to underpin the analytical design of complex supply chains. The methodology is based upon a systematic deployment of EM, CLD, and SM techniques; the integration of which is achieved via common modelling concepts and decomposition principles. Th...
Aziz Galvão da Silva Júnior
2015-06-01
Full Text Available In the short and medium terms, biofuels are the most viable alternative to reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuels. The recent controversy over the competition between biofuels and food production increases the complexity of investment decisions in the biodiesel production chain. In this context, decision support tools are highly relevant. The purpose of this article is to describe the BiodieselFAO using the Unified Modeling Language (UML. An integrated analysis considering both agricultural and industrial sectors was identified as a key requirement to the system. Therefore, farmers and industry are the main actors in the use case diagram. As the raw material represents around 70% of the industrial cost of biodiesel production, the price negotiation of raw material (oilseeds is the central use case. Configuration, agriculture, industry, results and scenarios are the modules, which encompass the functionalities derived from the UML diagrams. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO has made the BiodieselFAO available, free of charge, to around 180 professionals from 17 Latin American countries. Additionally, the developing team has supported the usage of the BiodieselFAO in several biodiesel investment analyses throughout Latin America. The system was also useful in the design and analysis of policy related to biodiesel industry in Brazil.
Co-specific investment and integration in the agrifood chain
Feng, Li; Karantininis, Kostas
2014-01-01
We develop a holdup model where multiple parties in the food chain (input suppliers, farmers, and buyers of the produce) invest in co-specific assets necessary for an innovative product. Shapley value is used in a multilateral bargaining game to assign bargaining power to the players, which correspondingly determines the surplus division.The conditions under which holdup is avoided and Pareto improving exchange will obtain are demonstrated. Two market responses to the holdup problem are consi...
Web-Based Supply Chain Simulation: an Integrated Approach
Arisha, Amr; Tobail, Ayman; Crowe,John
2010-01-01
This is an era marked by rapid technology development in all different educational arenas. Alongside this growing demand of technology, learning process is getting new forms and hence traditional teaching approaches tend to struggle and lack the requisite qualities to meet new generation expectations. In third level education, this problem is increasing in magnitude and new dimensions, especially when it comes to teaching difficult subjects such as supply chain management. Understanding the c...
Quality management and supply chain management integration: a conceptual model
Fernandes, Ana Cristina; Sampaio, Paulo; Carvalho, Maria Sameiro
2014-01-01
Recent trends in the business world has forced companies to expand their activities into new regions where they can find qualified manpower, lower production costs, high availability of raw materials giving rise to wider and more complex supply chains but also bringing in new opportunities to leverage their competitive advantages. These changes require the implementation of new organizational models with different suppliers and partners responsible for an important part of the fin...
Integration of logistics network in local food supply chains
Bosona, Techane
2013-01-01
The demand for locally produced food is increasing as global food supply system has considerably affected the confidence of consumers by increasing tonne-kilometres, food safety risk, environmental impact, and disconnecting local food producers and consumers. However, local food suppliers are not in the position to compete with large scale food supply systems due to high logistics costs. The overall objective of this study was to improve the logistics management of local food supply chains. I...
Critical evaluation of paradigms for modelling integrated supply chains
Van Dam, K.H.; Adhitya, A.; Srinivasan, R.; Lukszo, Z.
2009-01-01
Contemporary problems in process systems engineering often require model-based decision support tool. Among the various modelling paradigms, equation-based models and agent-based models are widely used to develop dynamic models of systems. Which is the most appropriate modelling paradigm for a supply chain? In this paper, we seek to address this important question through a well-structured benchmarking process. First, we demonstrate that in the space of models, 'equations' and 'agents' are co...
Separation of Variables in the Classical Integrable SL(3) Magnetic Chain
Sklyanin, E. K.
1992-01-01
There are two fundamental problems studied by the theory of hamiltonian integrable systems: integration of equations of motion, and construction of action-angle variables. The third problem, however, should be added to the list: separation of variables. Though much simpler than two others, it has important relations to the quantum integrability. Separation of variables is constructed for the $SL(3)$ magnetic chain --- an example of integrable model associated to a nonhyperelliptic algebraic c...
Applying Fuzzy Multiobjective Integrated Logistics Model to Green Supply Chain Problems
Chui-Yu Chiu
2014-01-01
Full Text Available The aim of this paper is attempting to explore the optimal way of supply chain management within the domain of environmental responsibility and concerns. The background of this research involves the issue of green supply chain management (GSCM and the concept of the multiobjective integrated logistics model. More specifically, in this paper, we suggest the fuzzy multiobjective integrated logistics model with the transportation cost and demand fuzziness to solve green supply chain problems in the uncertain environment which is illustrated via the detailed numerical example. Results and the sensitivity analysis of the numerical example indicate that when the governmental subsidy value increased the profits of the reverse chain also increased. The finding shows that the governmental subsidy policy could remain of significant influence for used-product reverse logistics chain.
Integrable Inhomogeneous Spin Chains in Generalized Lunin-Maldacena Backgrounds
Lazo, Matheus Jatkoske
2008-01-01
We obtain through a Matrix Product Ansatz the exact solution of the most general inhomogeneous spin chain with nearest neighbor interaction and with $U(1)^2$ and $U(1)^3$ symmetries. These models are related to the one loop mixing matrix of the Leigh-Strassler deformed N=4 SYM theory, dual to type IIB string theory in the generalized Lunin-Maldacena backgrounds, in the sectors of two and three kinds of fields, respectively. The solutions presented here generalizes the results obtained by the ...
An Integrated-Empirical Logistics Perspective on Supply Chain Innovation and Firm Performance
Santanu Mandal
2015-12-01
Full Text Available Supply chains need to innovate constantly for maintaining their position in the marketplace and also to fight uncertainties. Hence firms are focusing on strategies for developing supply chain innovation. The current investigation adds to this emerging regime through investigating the influence of logistics capabilities viz. demand management capability, supply management capability, information management capability and coordination capability on supply chain innovation through logistics integration. Further, supply chain innovation helps a firm to sustain its position in the market place through generation and launching of new products and services. Accordingly, the influence of supply chain innovation on firm performance is also investigated. Data is collected from logistics, purchasing and supply chain professionals working in different industries in India. The findings based on 169 responses largely support our proposed relationships.
Steps for the Solution of Faddeev Integral Equations in Configuration Space
Glöckle W.
2010-04-01
Full Text Available Faddeev equations in configuration space for three-atom scattering processes that have previously b een formulated in integral form allowing for additive and nonadditive forces, are now examined in terms of their numerical prop erties for a “toy-model” case. The numerical implementation is based on a sp ectral decomp osition in terms of Chebyshev p olynomials. The potential for high accuracy of this method, of the order of 6 to 8 significant figures is one of the main motivations for the present investigation.The ob ject of the equations are T-functions, that are the product of wave functions times potentials, that decay to zero in all directions. The driving and coupling terms are based on the two-body t-matrices, which describe the two-body correlations in each arrangement. The preferred form for b oth the driving term and the integral kernel terms is of a hybrid nature, the x-dependence is expanded into Chebyshev p olynomials, and the y-dependence is given in terms of a Fourier series. The numerical prop erties of the driving term are examined in detail, and the integral kernel is left for a subsequent analysis.
Field configurations for small deviations of the integral filling factors in IQHE
A numerical solution of the effective Maxwell equations of the IQHE is presented. It corresponds to inhomogeneous electromagnetic field distributions appearing after a small constant magnetic field is added to a 2D-electron gas sheet when the density exactly fills an integral number of Landau levels. It follows that the Chern-Simons terms of the Maxwell equation transform the applied magnetic field into an equivalent homogeneous charge density. The numerical value of this density is exactly the one which is needed to furnish complete filling at the new value of the total magnetic field. The system then reacts tending to screen the effective charge density by removing charge from the sample edges. It is interesting that for the selected parameter values here, reflecting the current experimental situations, the system response is able to approximately establish an integral filling factor in the central portion of the sheet. Then, at least a small plateau is predicted to occur in pure samples at zero temperature. It also follows that the current distribution is unsymmetric under the inversion, as opposed to the configuration associated to a flow of a net Hall current at integral filling factors. (author). 8 refs, 4 figs
Faycal Mimouni
2016-04-01
Full Text Available Purpose: Propose a modeling and analysis methodology based on the combination of Bayesian networks and Petri networks of the reverse logistics integrated the direct supply chain. Design/methodology/approach: Network modeling by combining Petri and Bayesian network. Findings: Modeling with Bayesian network complimented with Petri network to break the cycle problem in the Bayesian network. Research limitations/implications: Demands are independent from returns. Practical implications: Model can only be used on nonperishable products. Social implications: Legislation aspects: Recycling laws; Protection of environment; Client satisfaction via after sale service. Originality/value: Bayesian network with a cycle combined with the Petri Network.
Girardin, Luc; Bolliger, Raffaele; Marechal, Francois
2009-01-01
The integration of steam cycles in the power plant industry aims at optimizing the conversion of the available heat into mechanical power. The proposed method uses process integration techniques and a multi-objective optimisation procedure to generate optimal steam cycle configurations which can be ordered by complexity-costs and efficiency. The interest of this methods is to allow the integration of complex heat exchanger network layout, providing systematically alternative arrangements usin...
Modelling and simulation of the integration of the supply chain of forward and backward type
Roman Domański
2015-03-01
Full Text Available Background: The integration, besides synergy and convergence, is regarded as a leading orientation in modern logistics. The connection of various participants within supply chains enables the integration of actions and allows to fulfill growing customers' demands in an effective and economically efficient way. In times of a concept of the balanced development, growing interest in utilization of recycled material, connected with possibilities to consolidate logistic activities, can be observed. According to the scientific literature (integration models as well as practical business cases, supply chains of forward and backward type (two-directional are the area of logistics of the intensive development. Material and methods: The paper presents the Authors' model and methodology of modeling of the integration of supply chains, which realizes the flows of forward and backward type (two-directions. The empirical material was obtained during modeling and simulation of processes in the environment of iGrafx Process 2013 for Six Sigma with the support of Minitab 17 (for planning of experiments. The method of the verification of statistical hypotheses was used. As a first step, the correlation between the level of the integration and the global service level for the supply chain was conducted using the method of Pearson's coefficient. The test of relevance of correlation coefficient was conducted by the use of t-distribution method. Then the verification of statistical hypotheses was made, based on the method using the Z-statistics. Results: The obtained results indicate clearly the strong relationship between the level of the integration of a supply chain and the obtained service level (values of Pearson's correlation coefficient and results of t-test. The detailed statistical researches of authors indicate that the increased level of the integration leads to the increase of the average value of service level coefficient (results of Z
The need for integration in the supply chain of vegetable production
Deleuran, Lise Christina; Jelsøe, Erling; Boelt, Birte
2008-01-01
One of the challenges in food production is to ensure sufficient food and feed globally. In order to overcome food shortages there is a current need for a better integration in the supply chain of food production and inclusion of an overlooked issue in many supply chains - the availability of...... quality seed. Quality seed also creates the base for quality products which is of increasing interest for the conscious consumers. In all, varying reasons for looking further into how supply chains function. The supply chain within vegetables is represented by seed producers, seed companies, salad....../vegetable producers, retailers/supermarkets and consumers. The various actors of the chain, as well as external actors like media, regulators and politicians, influence product quality from different points of view. Economic factors play a significant role for quality management. Furthermore, the concept of quality...
Ha, Sung Heun; Lim, Sang Won
2014-01-01
This paper discusses on how to facilitate paperless trade for international supply chain integration in the Asia and Pacific region. The paper defines paperless trade and describes how paperless trade can improve efficiency of international supply chain, including its economic benefits. Based on the review of paperless trade initiatives and assessment of paperless trade readiness of countries in the Asia and Pacific region, the paper identifies five critical challenges in facilitating cross-b...
An Integrated Fuzzy Approach for the Evaluation of Supply Chain Risk Mitigation Strategies
Xiaojun Wang
2014-01-01
Competing in an increasingly uncertain business environment, organizations need to mitigate its supply chain risks to enhance their resiliency. However, it is important to implement appropriate strategies to meet business needs. This paper presents a novel approach that integrates fuzzy risk assessment and fuzzy Delphi for the evaluation of strategies in order to mitigate supply chain risks. The novelty of the model lies in the fact that an analytical tool enables the s...
Heidi C. Dreyer; Strandhagen, Jan Ola; Romsdal, Anita; Hoff, Annette
2010-01-01
This paper investigates how to control an integrated supply chain based on demand-driven principles and sharing of real time information. A set of principles to support a unified supply chain control model is proposed based on theory and previous and ongoing research and illustrated in a case example from the pharmaceutical industry. Essential elements include application of pull-based control principles, automated decision support, advanced visualisation, and automated replenishment concepts...
MONOLITHIC VERSUS HIERARCHICAL APPROACH TO INTEGRATED SCHEDULING IN A SUPPLY CHAIN
Sawik, Tadeusz J.
2009-01-01
Abstract The two approaches, monolithic and hierarchical, with a set of mixed integer programming formulations are proposed and compared for multi-objective integrated scheduling in a customer driven supply chain. The supply chain consists of multiple manufacturers (suppliers) of parts, a single producer of finished products and a set of customers which generates final demand for the products. Each supplier has a number of identical production lines in parallel f...
An integrated multi-stage supply chain inventory model with imperfect production process
Soumita Kundu; Tripti Chakrabarti
2015-01-01
This paper deals with an integrated multi-stage supply chain inventory model with the objective of cost minimization by synchronizing the replenishment decisions for procurement, production and delivery activities. The supply chain structure examined here consists of a single manufacturer with multi-buyer where manufacturer orders a fixed quantity of raw material from outside suppliers, processes the materials and delivers the finished products in unequal shipments to each customer. In this p...
Chain DTC Diabetes: new payment system to stimulate integrated care in the Netherlands
de Bruijn, Els M.
2009-01-01
Purpose To examine if the free negotiable chain diagnosis treatment combination (DTC) will stimulate (cost) effective and well organised diabetes care by integrated care groups. Context The chain DTC diabetes contains the care in accordance with the medical care standard of the Dutch Diabetes Federation. The care group negotiates the price of the DTC with the insurer. This should stimulate the professionals involved to collaborate as efficient as possible and the insurer to negotiate the lowe...
Methodology for Supply Chain Integration: A Case Study in the Artisan Industry of Footwear
Jorge Raúl Pérez-Gallardo; Beatriz Hernández-Vera; Constantino Gerardo Moras Sánchez; Alberto Alfonso Aguilar Lasserre; Rubén Posada-Gómez; Ulises Juárez-Martínez; Giner Alor-Hernández
2014-01-01
The supply chain is a major issue in a global market. The efficient relationship between supplier-producer-retailer conforms the perfect combination to achieve a high level of competitiveness according to the needs of increasingly demanding and changing markets. The difficulty of synchronizing the members within the SC is related to the inherent uncertain factors. This paper proposes a methodology for integrating the supply chain that can be applied in any type of business. To demonstrate its...
Mohammed Forhad UDDIN; Kazushi SANO
2012-01-01
In this paper, a supply chain with a coordination mechanism consisting of a single vendor and buyeris considered. Further, instead of a price sensitive linear or deterministic demand function, a price-sensitivenon-linear demand function is introduced. To find the inventory cost, penalty cost and transportation cost, it isassumed that the production and shipping functions of the vendor are continuously harmonized and occur at thesame rate. In this integrated supply chain, the Buyer’s Linear Pr...
Path-integral theory of an axially confined worm-like chain
Smith, D.A. [Randall Centre for Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Function, King' s College London, London (United Kingdom)
2001-06-01
A path-integral formulation is developed for the thermodynamic properties of a worm-like chain moving on a surface and laterally confined by a harmonic potential. The free energy of the chain is calculated as a function of its length and boundary conditions at each end. Distribution functions for chain displacements can be constructed by utilizing the Markov property as a function of displacement {phi}(s) and its derivative d{phi}(s)/ds along the path. These quantities are also calculated in the presence of pinning sites which impose fixed positive or negative displacements, foreshadowing their application to a model for the regulation of striated muscle. (author)
Seyed Mahmood Hosseini
2012-02-01
Full Text Available In the current conditions of competitive market, companies shed light on not only their own organization’saffairs, but also on the identification of other relevant resources and factors out of their organization to haveappropriate reaction in facing with them. That is to utilize opportunities to gain competitive advantages andenhance their level of competitive capability. The key concern in a supply chain is to coordinately managing andcontrolling of all the primary and support activities of the company that will be achieved with an appropriateintegration of supply chain. In fact, having an integrated approach to the processes, internal and external, andemphasis on win-win approach instead of negotiating approach between elements of the chain are the mostimportant issues in supply chain integration context.This study investigates the impact of supply chain integration on competitive capability. According to thefindings of the study, supply chain integration has direct positive influence on competitive capability. In moredepth, integration with suppliers has direct negative impact on competitive capability elements of cost leadershipand differentiation. Internal integration has no direct impact on competitive capability. On the other hand,internal integration influences on cost leadership and differentiation indirectly through integration with suppliersand integration with customers. So, it can be resulted from findings that internal integration as a foundation forsupply chain integration has direct influence on integration with supply chain partners, suppliers and customers,and eventually, results in improvement of competitive capabilities of the organization.
A new perspective on the integrability of Inozemtsev’s elliptic spin chain
The aim of this paper is studying from an alternative point of view the integrability of the spin chain with long-range elliptic interactions introduced by Inozemtsev. Our analysis relies on some well-established conjectures characterizing the chaotic vs. integrable behavior of a quantum system, formulated in terms of statistical properties of its spectrum. More precisely, we study the distribution of consecutive levels of the (unfolded) spectrum, the power spectrum of the spectral fluctuations, the average degeneracy, and the equivalence to a classical vertex model. Our results are consistent with the general consensus that this model is integrable, and that it is closer in this respect to the Heisenberg chain than to its trigonometric limit (the Haldane–Shastry chain). On the other hand, we present some numerical and analytical evidence showing that the level density of Inozemtsev’s chain is asymptotically Gaussian as the number of spins tends to infinity, as is the case with the Haldane–Shastry chain. We are also able to compute analytically the mean and the standard deviation of the spectrum, showing that their asymptotic behavior coincides with that of the Haldane–Shastry chain. - Highlights: • Construction of Inozemtsev’s elliptic spin chain using Polychronakos’s freezing trick. • Numerical evidence of the Gaussian character of the level density. • Exact computation and asymptotics of the mean and standard deviation of the spectrum. • Evidence of the chain’s integrability from key statistical properties of its spectrum. • Exact evaluation of finite sums of powers of Weierstrass’s elliptic function
OTEC platform configuration and integration. Volume II. Technical concept. Final report
None
1978-07-07
The configuration, integration, and evaluation studies performed in the first phase of this contract resulted in a ranking of the most feasible platform candidates for commercial OTEC applications. On the basis of the results obtained from three individual contractors performing the same study, the Department of Energy made selections of two platform hulls for each contractor for conceptual designs. For Phase-II studies, M. Rosenblatt and Son, Inc. (MR and S) project team was given the SPAR and SPHERE platforms to perform not only conceptual designs for, but also cost and time schedules and sensitivity analyses. This is the second volume of a three-volume MR and S report, and it presents the results of conceptual designs for the two platforms, the facilities and equipment required for construction, deployment, and operation of these platforms, and cost estimates and time schedules. All conceptual design work is performed for the baseline site on West Coast of Florida. The cost differentials and other considerations involved with deploying the platforms in the New Orleans and Puerto Rico sites are also presented. As an end product of the complete study, the costs for the SPAR and the SPHERE platforms are reported both in terms of acquisition costs in 1978 dollars and life cycle costs in dollars per kilowatt.
Contreras-Astorga, Alonso; Schulze-Halberg, Axel
2015-08-01
We construct a relationship between integral and differential representation of second-order Jordan chains. Conditions to obtain regular potentials through the confluent supersymmetry algorithm when working with the differential representation are obtained using this relationship. Furthermore, it is used to find normalization constants of wave functions of quantum systems that feature energy-dependent potentials. Additionally, this relationship is used to express certain integrals involving functions that are solution of Schrödinger equations through derivatives.
Prashant Jindal; Anjana Solanki
2016-01-01
For the past four decades the integrated vendor and buyer supply chain inventory model has been an interesting topic, but quality improvement of defective items in the integrated inventory model with backorder price discount involving controllable lead time has been rarely discussed. The aim of this paper is to minimize the total related cost in the continuous review model by considering the order quantity, reorder point, lead time, process quality, backorder price discount and number of ship...
Cariou, Pierre
2001-01-01
The liberalisation process of European port markets is similar to the one implemented in most of the networks industries (telecommunication, gas, water, airlines...). It takes place during a period of vertical integration within the logistical chain. The basic idea of this article is to present the main features of those processes and their major implications in one case of vertical integration: dedicated container terminals (DTs). A first section compares port systems and general network ...
Integrated planning in supply chains with buy-side and sell-side marketplaces
Roshan Gaonkar; N Viswanadham
2005-04-01
In this paper we develop a quadratic programming model for partner selection and planning in integrated supply chain networks embedded with both sell-side and buy-side electronic marketplaces. Such a scenario arises in several practical applications. In particular, we consider a contract manufacturer who procures components from suppliers through a component marketplace and sells its manufactured sub-assemblies to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), through a sub-assembly marketplace. In these web-enabled supply chains, embedded with upstream and downstream electronic marketplaces, we need methods for online supply-chain partner selection based on pricing and delivery schedules. In this paper, we develop and present such a model that selects partners, synchronizes supply chain activities and optimizes the proﬁt through optimal revenue pricing and cost minimization.
Bethe ansatz for the Temperley–Lieb spin chain with integrable open boundaries
In this paper we study the spectrum of the spin-1 Temperley–Lieb spin chain with integrable open boundary conditions. We obtain the eigenvalue expressions as well as its associated Bethe ansatz equations by means of the coordinate Bethe ansatz. These equations provide the complete description of the spectrum of the model. (paper)
Opportunities and realities of supply chain integration : the case of food manufacturers
van Donk, Dirk Pieter; Akkerman, Renzo; van der Vaart, Taco
2008-01-01
Purpose - The purpose of the paper is to investigate the limitations and barriers for supply chain integration that food manufacturers experience and to highlight their planning and scheduling problems. Possible ways to cope with these are offered. Design/methodology/approach - The paper is theoreti
Integral representations for correlation functions of the XXZ chain at finite temperature
Göhmann, F.; A. Klümper; Seel, A.
2004-01-01
We derive a novel multiple integral representation for a generating function of the $\\s^z$-$\\s^z$ correlation functions of the spin-$\\2$ XXZ chain at finite temperature and finite, longitudinal magnetic field. Our work combines algebraic Bethe ansatz techniques for the calculation of matrix elements with the quantum transfer matrix approach to thermodynamics.
Sink or Swim: Learning by Doing in a Supply Chain Integration Activity*
Harnowo, Akhadian S.; Calhoun, Mikelle A.; Monteiro, Heather
2016-01-01
Studies show that supply chain integration (SCI) is important to organizations. This article describes an activity that places students in the middle of an SCI scenario. The highly interactive hands-on simulation requires only 50 to 60 minutes of classroom time, may be used with 18 to about 36 students, and involves minimal instructor preparation.…
Brivio, Monica; Snakenborg, Detlef; Søgaard, E.; Ahlford, A.; Syvänen, A.-C; Kutter, Jörg Peter; Wolff, Anders
In this paper we present a modular lab-on-a-chip system for integrated sample pre-treatment (PT) by magnetophoresis and DNA amplification by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). It consists of a polymer-based microfluidic chip mounted on a custom-made thermocycler (Figure 1) and includes a simple and...
Motoi YAMASHITA
2009-01-01
Lamellar crystal thickness lc of isotactic polybutene-1 (it-PB 1) have been investigated for crystal-lization in the melt over a wide range of crystallization temperature T from 40℃ to 90℃ by small angle X-ray scattering experiments and density measurements. The crystal thickness lc demonstrates two linear dependences on inverse supercooling and a transition from one dependence to the other has been observed around T =65～C. Each of the two dependences obeys the nucleation theory in the high and low supercooling ranges, respec-tively. Chain folding free energy q determined from the low supercooling range is larger than that determined from the high supercooling range. Possible mechanisms for the transition are discussed taking account of entropy of chain folding directions.
The D(D3)-anyon chain: integrable boundary conditions and excitation spectra
Finch, Peter E.; Frahm, Holger
2013-05-01
Chains of interacting non-Abelian anyons with local interactions invariant under the action of the Drinfeld double of the dihedral group D3 are constructed. Formulated as a spin chain the Hamiltonians are generated from commuting transfer matrices of an integrable vertex model for periodic and braided as well as open boundaries. A different anyonic model with the same local Hamiltonian is obtained within the fusion path formulation. This model is shown to be related to an integrable fusion interaction round the face model. Bulk and surface properties of the anyon chain are computed from the Bethe equations for the spin chain. The low-energy effective theories and operator content of the models (in both the spin chain and fusion path formulation) are identified from analytical and numerical studies of the finite-size spectra. For all boundary conditions considered the continuum theory is found to be a product of two conformal field theories. Depending on the coupling constants the factors can be a Z4 parafermion or a {M}_{(5,6)} minimal model.
Sing, Michelle K.; Wang, Zhen-Gang; McKinley, Gareth H.; Olsen, Bradley D.
2015-01-01
Numerical solution of a coupled set of Smoluchowski convection-diffusion equations of associating polymers modelled as finitely extensible dumbbells enables computation of time-dependent end-to-end distributions for bridged, dangling, and looped chains in three dimensions as a function of associating end-group kinetics. Non-monotonic flow curves which can lead to flow instabilities during shear flow result at low equilibrium constant and high association rate from two complementary phenomena:...
Claudia B. Struwig; George A. Ruthven; Konrad von Leipzig
2013-01-01
Restaurants, in general, utilise numerous suppliers. Normally they deliver on different days in the week and at different times during the day, logistically not an optimum approach. Not only does the current practice cause frequent interruptions, but by segregating the food supply chain unnecessary traffic is generated. This article investigated the need for developing a third party supplier hub, the best positioning of that hub and the most economical routes to the customers. With the aim of...
FORMING OF THE SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAINS BASED ON INCREASING OF THEIR INTEGRATED ENERGY EFFICIENCY
SHVETS V. J.
2016-03-01
Full Text Available Purpose. Key challenges and barriers of mining machinery enterprises in the context of forming sustainable supply chains in the mining industry are specified. Methodology. The algorithm of forming the industrial relations, which are carried out by the enterprises of mining machinery in order to increase the sustainable development of a mining industry, is offered. Conclusions.. Modern supply chains are confronted with dynamic trends and developments that are hard to predict. In order to respond to these changes and remain competitive advantage, companies should be able to identify and understand new sustainability issues in their branches. It is established that in the conditions of globalization of the market and the general orientation of Ukraine’s economy to the European principles of development, for mining machinery enterprises a proof of the commitment and observance of requirements of energy efficiency, i.e. energy saving, energy safety and social energy responsibility are very important. Supply channels should increase not only energy efficiency, economic and production stability of the company, but also strengthen the stability of all participants in the production chain, as well as other stakeholders (business partners, customers, investors, local communities, etc.. Originality. The interrelation of an indicator of energy efficiency in forming sustainable supply chain in a mining industry is established. Practical value. Using the principles of sustainable development in the forming of value chains will improve energy efficiency of industry in general; provide a competitive advantage to entry into the global production chains in terms of European integration of Ukraine.
Riisgaard, Lone; Bolwig, Simon; Ponte, Stefano;
2010-01-01
This article aims to guide the design and implementation of action-research projects in value-chain analysis by presenting a strategic framework focused on small producers and trading and processing firms in developing countries. Its stepwise approach – building on the conceptual framework set out...... in a companion article – covers in detail what to do, questions to be asked and issues to be considered, and integrates poverty, gender, labour and environmental concerns.'Upgrading' strategies potentially available for improving value-chain participation for small producers are identified, with the...
Li-Hsing Ho
2013-01-01
Full Text Available Just-In-Time (JIT has been playing an important role in supply chain environments. Countless firms have been applying JIT in production to gain and maintain a competitive advantage. This study introduces an innovative model which integrates inventory and quality assurance in a JIT supply chain. This approach assumes that manufacturing will produce some defective items and those products will not influence the buyerâs purchase policy. The vendor absorbs all the inspection costs. Using a function to compute the expected amount of total cost every year will minimize the total cost and the nonconforming fraction. Finally, a numerical example further confirms this model.
Integrable open spin-chains in AdS3/CFT2 correspondences
Prinsloo, Andrea(Department of Mathematics, University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom); Regelskis, Vidas; Torrielli, Alessandro
2015-01-01
We study integrable open boundary conditions for d(2,1;\\alpha)^2 and psu(1,1|2)^2 spin-chains. Magnon excitations of these open spin-chains are mapped to massive excitations of type IIB open superstrings ending on D-branes in the AdS_3 x S^3 x S^3 x S^1 and AdS_3 x S^3 x T^4 supergravity geometries with pure R-R flux. We derive reflection matrix solutions of the boundary Yang-Baxter equation which intertwine representations of a variety of boundary coideal subalgebras of the bulk Hopf superal...
Making alliances work -- Using a computer-based management system to integrate the supply chain
Traditionally, price has been king in the selection of suppliers and service companies in the upstream oil and gas market. Three years ago, Amoco began to question this selection practice and embarked on an extensive benchmarking effort that has led the company to a proven strategy for goods and services procurement called supply-chain management (SCM). However, the company found that managing compact, integrated supply chains is not always easy. Several implementation issues need to be reconciled for alliances to achieve their full bottom-line potential benefits consistently. Issues that must be resolved, whether they are called alliances, supply chains, or integrated services, are (1) whether these new working relationships are profitable for all the entities involved, from suppliers through to end users; (2) how to assess and improve risk management; (3) how to reduce total system costs; and (4) how to improve performance for each of the alliance members and for the alliance as a whole. This brief describes one possible solution to the complex issues involved in making alliances work: a computer-facilitated management system designed to integrate the work processes of different organizations. In the case described, the Drilling Management System (DMS) was developed and used by the Amoco (U.K.) Well Dept. The system uses off-the-shelf commercial software to improve the performance of the company's drilling operations by integrating the activities of the company and its suppliers
Hennaut, Samuel; Thomas, Sébastien; Davin, Elisabeth; Skrylnyk, Alexandre; Frère, Marc
2012-01-01
This paper focuses on the sizing of solar combisystems with adsorption seasonal storage to target autonomous solar space heating. Two main configurations of the combisystem are simulated, including one or two tanks. The influence of the seasonal storage on the sizing of the tanks is also discussed. Results show that performances of the system with two tanks are better (2 to 4 % with seasonal storage) but some improvements should be possible for the single tank configuration. The sizing of the...
Gabriel Pérez-Salas
2015-01-01
Full Text Available Las barreras y aranceles al comercio exterior han disminuido significativamente gracias a los acuerdos multilaterales y los mecanismos de integración entre las naciones. Los costos logísticos representan una proporción significativa del precio final de los artículos, especialmente de los commodities. Por esta razón, minimizar los costos logísticos es un desafío importante para las naciones para fomentar la competitividad del comercio exterior y en particular para aprovechar la renta de los recursos naturales. En este artículo, proponemos un marco de referencia integral para la medición de costos logísticos, enfocado en determinar los extra-costos que resultan por procedimientos ineficientes y la falta de políticas públicas y regulaciones de las entidades públicas. Estos elementos no han sido considerados en la literatura, y este artículo aborda esta brecha. Como caso de estudio, presentamos la aplicación del marco de referencia para estimar los extra-costos en algunas cadenas logísticas de recursos naturales en Bolivia. Se presenta una discusión de los resultados encontrados, así como recomendaciones para trabajo futuro.
Forecasting return products in an integrated forward/reverse supply chain utilizing an ANFIS
Kumar, D. T.; Soleimani, H.; Kannan, G.
2014-01-01
deal with the important gap of the uncertainties of return products. Therefore, we discuss the forecasting method of return products which have their own open-loop supply chain. We develop an integrated two-phase methodology to cope with the closed-loop supply chain design and planning problem. In the...... first phase, an Adaptive Network Based Fuzzy Inference System (ANFIS) is presented to handle the uncertainties of the amounts of return product and to determine the forecasted return rates. In the second phase, and based on the results of the first one, the proposed multi-echelon, multi-product, multi......-period, closed-loop supply chain network is optimized. The second-phase optimization is undertaken based on using general exact solvers in order to achieve the global optimum. Finally, the performance of the proposed forecasting method is evaluated in 25 periods using a numerical example, which contains a...
An integrated multi-stage supply chain inventory model with imperfect production process
Soumita Kundu
2015-09-01
Full Text Available This paper deals with an integrated multi-stage supply chain inventory model with the objective of cost minimization by synchronizing the replenishment decisions for procurement, production and delivery activities. The supply chain structure examined here consists of a single manufacturer with multi-buyer where manufacturer orders a fixed quantity of raw material from outside suppliers, processes the materials and delivers the finished products in unequal shipments to each customer. In this paper, we consider an imperfect production system, which produces defective items randomly and assumes that all defective items could be reworked. A simple algorithm is developed to obtain an optimal production policy, which minimizes the expected average total cost of the integrated production-inventory system.
Integrable open spin-chains in AdS3/CFT2
Prinsloo, Andrea; Torrielli, Alessandro
2015-01-01
We study integrable open boundary conditions for d(2,1;\\alpha)^2 and psu(1,1|2)^2 spin-chains. Magnon excitations of these open spin-chains are mapped to massive excitations of type IIB open superstrings ending on D-branes in the AdS_3 x S^3 x S^3 x S^1 and AdS_3 x S^3 x T^4 supergravity geometries with pure R-R flux. We derive reflection matrix solutions of the boundary Yang-Baxter equation which intertwine representations of a variety of boundary coideal subalgebras of the bulk Hopf superalgebra. Many of these integrable boundaries are matched to D1 and D5-brane maximal giant gravitons.
Intelligent Supply Chain Integration and Management Based on Cloud of Things
Junwei Yan; Sijin Xin; Quan Liu; Wenjun Xu; Liwen Yang; Li Fan; Bo Chen; Qiang Wang
2014-01-01
The fierce global competition and market turbulence has been forcing the enterprises towards to the integration and intelligence for supply chain management, and the seamless information sharing and collaboration as well as operation agility are the challenges which need to be conquered, in terms of the highly distributed and heterogeneous resources located in separated warehouses. Although a number of works have been done to achieve the aforementioned targets, few of them are able to provide...
Mlecnik, E.; Kondratenko, I.; Haavik, T.
2013-01-01
Single-family home renovations often show deficiencies in project management. There might be a market addressing house owners who would prefer integrated renovation services and clear responsibilities. Companies that would respond to these client’s needs would have a clear market potential, particularly for ambitious energyefficient home renovations. Such enterprises could result from collaboration between different enterprises. This paper first examined the business activity and supply chain...
A technology selection framework for integrating manufacturing within a supply chain
Farooq, Sami; O'Brien, Chris
2011-01-01
Abstract This paper describes a structured analytical approach for selecting a manufacturing technology. A framework consisting of six integrated steps is proposed by considering the growing importance of supply chains in manufacturing organisations. The framework makes use of Analytical Hierarchy (AHP) approach combined with Strategic Assessment Model (SAM) to evaluate and select the technologies appropriate for providing overall competitive advantage. The framework is intended to...
Rural development in the area of Pollino: integrated design of an “atypical” chain
Conto, Francesco; La Sala, Piermichele; Papapietro, Paolo
2010-01-01
The introduction of the Integrated Projects of Food Chain requires the development of models capable of interpreting the dynamics of vertical and horizontal coordination between agents and the definition of the issues that most affect the ability of professionals to provide value added to goods and products to acquire in exchange a competitive advantage. With reference to setting up Local Production System of the Pollino - Lagonegrese, characterized by the development of an "atypical" food ch...
A case of integration of organic dairy sheep farm in value chains in Bulgaria
Bachev, Hrabrin
2010-01-01
This paper presents the state of integration of small scale dairy farms in value chains in Bulgaria and a case study on organic farming as a new prospective approach for market inclusion. It outlines the evolution of dairy sheep farming and organic production; analyzes the pace, factors and impacts of development of a successful organic dairy sheep farm from North-West Bulgaria; specifies driving factors and prospects of small-scale organic farming development; assesses possibilities for repl...
Aziz Galvão da Silva Júnior
2015-01-01
In the short and medium terms, biofuels are the most viable alternative to reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuels. The recent controversy over the competition between biofuels and food production increases the complexity of investment decisions in the biodiesel production chain. In this context, decision support tools are highly relevant. The purpose of this article is to describe the BiodieselFAO using the Unified Modeling Language (UML). An integrated analysis considering both agri...
Gary M. Gold; Webber, Michael E
2015-01-01
This investigation studies desalination powered by wind and solar energy, including a study of a configuration using PVT solar panels. First, a water treatment was developed to estimate the power requirement for brackish groundwater reverse-osmosis (BWRO) desalination. Next, an energy model was designed to (1) size a wind farm based on this power requirement and (2) size a solar farm to preheat water before reverse osmosis treatment. Finally, an integrated model was developed that combines re...
Fei, Wei-Zhong; Luk, Patrick Chi-Kwong; Shen, Jian-xin; Xia, Bin; Wang, Yu
2011-01-01
This paper investigates the cogging torque and torque ripple features of a permanent-magnet flux-switching integrated starter generator. The effects of the rotor pole arc width on the cogging torque, torque ripple, and output torque are first established using finite-element analysis (FEA). Three torque ripple reduction techniques based on the optimization of three different rotor pole configurations, namely, uniform, step skewed, and axial pairing, are then proposed. The torque characteristi...
Dag A. H. Samuelsen
2013-04-01
Full Text Available This paper presents a flexible and low cost design specification for a remote laboratory platform for electronics laboratories. The system utilises a motherboard design and this paper presents both the design of the motherboard, various designs for add on cards and shows how to configure the setup. The design is focused on providing the user with a combination of easy setup and a large freedom in reconfiguration all provided as a low cost solution. The solution is designed to facilitate a natural flow in the creation of all forms of remote laboratories, from the prototyping level up to a permanent installation. This motherboard has connector for both configuration cards, programmable and static as well as for standardized add-on boards for all the configurable components in the laboratory circuit. Acquisition hardware can easily be changed both during development and after the creation of the lab.
Assessing the level of integration in the offshore wind industry value chain
Martinez-Neri, Ivan; Mikkelsen, Ole Stegmann; Stentoft, Jan
2014-01-01
benefit of the whole industry. This work is a first step to map the state of integration of the OWI. It is intended that the re-sults will help managers in the different industries to be aware of the challenges that need to be tackled in order to make the OWI more competitive and become more integrated in...... integration level of the offshore wind industry value chain. The work relies on a review of international peer-reviewed journals. The empirical basis of the paper is based on interviews with key players in the industry. The scope of this study covers the wind turbine generator, foundations, subsea cables......, offshore substation, installation vessels and the wind farm developer. The preliminary findings are that the different indus-trial sectors participating in the OWI are not aware of the maturity level of the sector. The fact that some developers are disintegrating the already integrated supply of some...
A new integral representation for the scalar products of Bethe states for the XXX spin chain
Kazama, Yoichi; Komatsu, Shota; Nishimura, Takuya
2013-09-01
Based on the method of separation of variables due to Sklyanin, we construct a new integral representation for the scalar products of the Bethe states for the SU(2) XXX spin 1/2 chain obeying the periodic boundary condition. Due to the compactness of the symmetry group, a twist matrix must be introduced at the boundary in order to extract the separated variables properly. Then by deriving the integration measure and the spectrum of the separated variables, we express the inner product of an on-shell and an off-shell Bethe states in terms of a multiple contour integral involving a product of Baxter wave functions. Its form is reminiscent of the integral over the eigenvalues of a matrix model and is expected to be useful in studying the semi-classical limit of the product.
A new integral representation for the scalar products of Bethe states for the XXX spin chain
Kazama, Yoichi; Nishimura, Takuya
2013-01-01
Based on the method of separation of variables due to Sklyanin, we construct a new integral representation for the scalar products of the Bethe states for the SU(2) XXX spin 1/2 chain obeying the periodic boundary condition. Due to the compactness of the symmetry group, a twist matrix must be introduced at the boundary in order to extract the separated variables properly. Then by deriving the integration measure and the spectrum of the separated variables, we express the inner product of an on-shell and an off-shell Bethe states in terms of a multiple contour integral involving a product of Baxter wave functions. Its form is reminiscent of the integral over the eigenvalues of a matrix model and is expected to be useful in studying the semi-classical limit of the product.
Conrad, Florian
2011-01-01
An integration by parts formula is derived for the first order differential operator corresponding to the action of translations on the space of locally finite simple configurations of infinitely many points on R^d. As reference measures, tempered grand canonical Gibbs measures are considered corresponding to a non-constant non-smooth intensity (one-body potential) and translation invariant potentials fulfilling the usual conditions. It is proven that such Gibbs measures fulfill the intuitive integration by parts formula if and only if the action of the translation is not broken for this particular measure. The latter is automatically fulfilled in the high temperature and low intensity regime.
Implementing a Domain Specific Language to configure and run LHCb Continuous Integration builds
Clemencic, M.; Couturier, B.
2015-12-01
The new LHCb nightly build system described at CHEP 2013 was limited by the use of JSON files for its configuration. JSON had been chosen as a temporary solution to maintain backward compatibility towards the old XML format by means of a translation function. Modern languages like Python leverage on meta-programming techniques to enable the development of Domain Specific Languages (DSLs). In this contribution we will present the advantages of such techniques and how they have been used to implement a DSL that can be used to both describe the configuration of the LHCb Nightly Builds and actually operate them.
Gary M. Gold
2015-04-01
Full Text Available This investigation studies desalination powered by wind and solar energy, including a study of a configuration using PVT solar panels. First, a water treatment was developed to estimate the power requirement for brackish groundwater reverse-osmosis (BWRO desalination. Next, an energy model was designed to (1 size a wind farm based on this power requirement and (2 size a solar farm to preheat water before reverse osmosis treatment. Finally, an integrated model was developed that combines results from the water treatment and energy models. The integrated model optimizes performances of the proposed facility to maximize daily operational profits. Results indicate that integrated facility can reduce grid-purchased electricity costs by 88% during summer months and 89% during winter when compared to a stand-alone desalination plant. Additionally, the model suggests that the integrated configuration can generate $574 during summer and $252 during winter from sales of wind- and solar-generated electricity to supplement revenue from water production. These results indicate that an integrated facility combining desalination, wind power, and solar power can potentially reduce reliance on grid-purchased electricity and advance the use of renewable power.
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1978-06-01
The purpose of this project is to evaluate six candidate hullforms as candidates for the OTEC commercial plant. This volume is a summary of the conceptual design including facility requirements, cost, schedule, and site sensitivity. Two OTEC commercial plant configurations are considered in this study: the ship and the semi-submersible. Engineering drawings are presented. (WHR)
Kovalchuk, V I
2016-01-01
A method has been developed to solve three-particle Faddeev equations in the configuration space making use of a series expansion in hyperspherical harmonics. The following parameters of the bound state of triton and helium-3 nuclei have been calculated: the binding energies, the weights of symmetric and mixed-symmetry components of the wave function, the magnetic moments, and the charge radii.
Tool for a configurable integrated circuit that uses determination of dynamic power consumption
French, Matthew C. (Inventor); Wang, Li (Inventor); Agarwal, Deepak (Inventor); Davoodi, Azadeh (Inventor)
2011-01-01
A configurable logic tool that allows minimization of dynamic power within an FPGA design without changing user-entered specifications. The minimization of power may use minimized clock nets as a first order operation, and a second order operation that minimizes other factors, such as area of placement, area of clocks and/or slack.
Equilibrium dynamical correlations in the Toda chain and other integrable models
Kundu, Aritra
2016-01-01
We investigate the form of equilibrium spatio-temporal correlation functions of conserved quantities, and of energy transport in the Toda lattice and in other integrable models. From numerical simulations we find that the correlations satisfy ballistic scaling with a remarkable collapse of data from different times. We examine special limiting choices of parameter values, for which the Toda lattice tends to either the harmonic chain or the equal mass hard-particle gas. In both these limiting cases, one can obtain the correlations exactly and we find excellent agreement with the direct Toda simulation results. We also discuss a transformation to "normal mode" variables, as commonly done in hydrodynamic theory of non-integrable systems, and find that this is useful, to some extent, even for the integrable system.
Dag A. H. Samuelsen; Olaf H. Graven
2013-01-01
This paper presents a flexible and low cost design specification for a remote laboratory platform for electronics laboratories. The system utilises a motherboard design and this paper presents both the design of the motherboard, various designs for add on cards and shows how to configure the setup. The design is focused on providing the user with a combination of easy setup and a large freedom in reconfiguration all provided as a low cost solution. The solution is designed to facilitate a nat...
Kovalchuk, Valery I.
2014-11-01
In this paper, a method has been developed to solve three-particle Faddeev equations in the configuration space making use of a series expansion in hyperspherical harmonics. The following parameters of the bound state of triton and helium-3 nuclei have been calculated: the binding energies, the weights of symmetric and mixed-symmetry components of the wave function, the magnetic moments, and the charge radii.
This paper presents a process chain for in-line integration of microfluidic interconnection elements by a variant of micro-injection moulding (µIM). A SEBS-based thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) was moulded over polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) to produce a hybrid microfluidic structure with an aspect ratio of 2. The process chain implemented micro-milling for fabricating micro-structured tool inserts, and µIM and micro-overmoulding was used for replication. A two-plate mould was used for moulding the substrate, whilst a three-plate mould with a replaceable insert was used for TPE overmoulding. The presented application was an interconnect system for a microfluidic device, which enabled direct fitting of standard tubes into microfluidic substrates. A leakage test showed that the interconnection was leak-proof within a range of flow rates between 0.32 and 0.62 ml min−1.
Methodology for Supply Chain Integration: A Case Study in the Artisan Industry of Footwear
Jorge Raúl Pérez-Gallardo
2014-01-01
Full Text Available The supply chain is a major issue in a global market. The efficient relationship between supplier-producer-retailer conforms the perfect combination to achieve a high level of competitiveness according to the needs of increasingly demanding and changing markets. The difficulty of synchronizing the members within the SC is related to the inherent uncertain factors. This paper proposes a methodology for integrating the supply chain that can be applied in any type of business. To demonstrate its relevance, a case study is performed at a handmade shoe company. An improved demand forecasting, an optimal balanced production line, a proper inventory management of raw materials, and an efficient calculation of the delivery time to the customer represent some of the main results.
Integrable spin chains with U(1)3 symmetry and generalized Lunin-Maldacena backgrounds
We consider the most general three-state spin chain with U(1)3 symmetry and nearest neighbour interaction. Our model contains as a special case the spin chain describing the holomorphic three scalar sector of the three parameter complex deformation of N = 4 SYM, dual to type IIB string theory in the generalized Lunin-Maldacena backgrounds discovered by Frolov. We formulate the coordinate space Bethe ansatz, calculate the S-matrix and determine for which choices of parameters the S-matrix fulfills the Yang-Baxter equations. For these choices of parameters we furthermore write down the R-matrix. We find in total four classes of integrable models. In particular, each already known model of the above type is nothing but one in a family of such models
Mohsen Mohammadi
2012-01-01
Full Text Available A business process model is very germane to the formation of an appropriate information system. For a marked infusion of business processes in the supply chain, the status quo regarding the processes must be totally understood and well secured. Business activities and sequence have to be well kept and properly coordinated by predicting business procedures process from diverse views. This study examines seven BPMLs Data Flow Diagram (DFD, Unified Modelling Language (UML, Business Process Modelling Notation(BPMN, Event Driven Process Chain (EPC, IDEF, Petri Net, and Role Activity Diagram (RAD. The submissions of this study are the subject of the Business Process Modelling Languages (BPMLs in developing an integrated dissemination mechanism and classification of modelling tools.
Pectic arabinan side chains are essential for pollen cell wall integrity during pollen development
Cankar, Katarina; Kortstee, Anne; Toonen, Marcel A.J.;
2014-01-01
Pectin is a complex polysaccharide and an integral part of the primary plant cell wall and middle lamella, contributing to cell wall mechanical strength and cell adhesion. To understand the structure-function relationships of pectin in the cell wall, a set of transgenic potato lines with altered...... pectin composition was analysed. The expression of genes encoding enzymes involved in pectin acetylation, degradation of the rhamnogalacturonan backbone and type and length of neutral side chains, arabinan and galactan in particular, has been altered. Upon crossing of different transgenic lines, some...... transgenes were not transmitted to the next generation when these lines were used as a pollen donor, suggesting male sterility. Viability of mature pollen was severely decreased in potato lines with reduced pectic arabinan, but not in lines with altered galactan side chains. Anthers and pollen of different...
Kitanine, N; Niccoli, G
2014-01-01
We solve the longstanding problem to define a functional characterization of the spectrum of the transfer matrix associated to the most general spin-1/2 representations of the 6-vertex reflection algebra for general inhomogeneous chains. The corresponding homogeneous limit reproduces the spectrum of the Hamiltonian of the spin-1/2 open XXZ and XXX quantum chains with the most general integrable boundaries. The spectrum is characterized by a second order finite difference functional equation of Baxter type with an inhomogeneous term which vanishes only for some special but yet interesting non-diagonal boundary conditions. This functional equation is shown to be equivalent to the known separation of variable (SOV) representation hence proving that it defines a complete characterization of the transfer matrix spectrum. The polynomial character of the Q-function allows us then to show that a finite system of equations of generalized Bethe type can be similarly used to describe the complete transfer matrix spectru...
The problem considered here is that of finding conditions ensuring that a reversible Hamiltonian system has integrals polynomial in momenta. The kinetic energy is a zero-curvature Riemannian metric and the potential a smooth function on a two-dimensional torus. It is known that the existence of integrals of degrees 1 and 2 is related to the existence of cyclic coordinates and the separation of variables. The following conjecture is also well known: if there exists an integral of degree n independent of the energy integral, then there exists an additional integral of degree 1 or 2. In the present paper this result is established for n = 3 (which generalizes a theorem of Byalyi), and for n = 4, 5, and 6 this is proved under some additional assumptions about the spectrum of the potential
Vrijhoef, R.
2011-01-01
The building industry is a fragmented and project-driven industry with specific characteristics, which can sometimes result in negative effects. Reference has often been made to other industries, particularly manufacturing, that would function more effectively and efficiently. Major differences between both include the organisation and coordination of the supply chain. Supply chain integration has been suggested as a solution for the building supply chain. This thesis has aimed to contribute ...
Conto, Francesco; La Sala, Piermichele; Papapietro, Paolo
2010-01-01
The introduction of the Integrated Projects of Food Chain requires the development of models capable of interpreting the dynamics of vertical and horizontal coordination between agents and the definition of the issues that most affect the ability of professionals to provide value added to goods and products to acquire in exchange a competitive advantage. With reference to the Basilicata region, the production structure of the region and the recent development of the Integrated Projects of Foo...
Innovation in Hungary - The Impact of EU Accession and Integration into Global Value Chains
Szalavetz Andrea
2014-11-01
Full Text Available This paper argues that EU accession has brought about minimal changes in the patterns of innovation in Hungary. The reason why is not that the ‘EU factor’ is of minor importance; rather, it is Hungary's inability to use EU resources effectively, so as to fully benefit from EU membership. The Hungarian story also demonstrates that the EU cannot block member states from reversing reform or abusing the opportunities EU membership offers to them. We contend that globalization (global value chain integration has more effectively contributed to Hungary's knowledge-based upgrading than Europeanization (in the sense of policy transfer; access to EU Structural & Cohesion Funds, and integration in the European Research Area. This argument is substantiated with a case study on innovation strategy design and implementation, which illustrates the ambiguous impact of Europeanization, which is contrasted with our investigation of integration in global value chains, conducted through interviews of foreign-owned manufacturing companies about their R&D-based upgrading experience.
Zaryab Sheikh; Shafaq Rana
2012-01-01
The main area of change in organizational strategy is the extensive use of third party logistics providers who are using advanced information technology tools and integration of supply chain to enhance customer satisfaction. By outsourcing the logistics operations, companies can focus on their core competencies and other important areas of organization which can’t be outsourced. The analysis of this paper is conducted by discussing different concepts of supply chain integration, customer sati...
De Martino, Marcella; Marasco, Alessandra
2007-01-01
Given its potential to reduce lead times and total costs of operations, increase delivery speed, responsiveness and flexibility, and ultimately customer satisfaction, supply chain logistics integration can help to improve the competitiveness of the Italian textile and clothing (T/C) firms. However, little research works on supply chain management in general, and few studies on logistics integration in particular have focused their attention on this sector. This paper analyses the approaches t...
V. Castellani(INFN - Sezione di Ferrara, INAF - Astron. Obs. of Roma); S. Sala
2010-01-01
The challenge for developing a “green production oriented economy”, is the definition of sustainable production and consumption models which are able to enlarge the current approach oriented to the greening of single production towards the creation of a comprehensive sustainable system, involving and integrating different supply chains in the same geographical district. The present work illustrate an attempt to create a short supply chain in Lombardy region, integrating forest management, fur...
Battaïa, Olga; Dolgui, Alexandre; Guschinsky, Nikolai; Levin, Genrikh
2014-10-01
Solving equipment selection and line balancing problems together allows better line configurations to be reached and avoids local optimal solutions. This article considers jointly these two decision problems for mass production lines with serial-parallel workplaces. This study was motivated by the design of production lines based on machines with rotary or mobile tables. Nevertheless, the results are more general and can be applied to assembly and production lines with similar structures. The designers' objectives and the constraints are studied in order to suggest a relevant mathematical model and an efficient optimization approach to solve it. A real case study is used to validate the model and the developed approach.
SECAD is a project that developed a GUI for running integrated fusion simulations as implemented in FACETS and SWIM SciDAC projects. Using the GUI users can submit simulations locally and remotely and visualize the simulation results
The electronic mean-field configuration interaction method. I. Theory and integral formulas
Cassam-Chenaï, Patrick
2006-05-01
In this article, we introduce a new method for solving the electronic Schrödinger equation. This new method follows the same idea followed by the mean-field configuration interaction method already developed for molecular vibrations; i.e., groups of electronic degrees of freedom are contracted together in the mean field of the other degrees. If the same partition of electronic degrees of freedom is iterated, a self-consistent field method is obtained. Making coarser partitions (i.e., including more degrees in the same groups) and discarding the high energy states, the full configuration interaction limit can be approached. In contrast with the usual group function theory, no strong orthogonality condition is enforced. We have made use of a generalized version of the fundamental formula defining a Hopf algebra structure to derive Hamiltonian and overlap matrix element expressions which respect the group structure of the wave function as well as its fermionic symmetry. These expressions are amenable to a recursive computation.
Propulsion Airframe Aeroacoustic Integration Effects for a Hybrid Wing Body Aircraft Configuration
Czech, Michael J.; Thomas, Russell H; Elkoby, Ronen
2012-01-01
An extensive experimental investigation was performed to study the propulsion airframe aeroacoustic effects of a high bypass ratio engine for a hybrid wing body aircraft configuration where the engine is installed above the wing. The objective was to provide an understanding of the jet noise shielding effectiveness as a function of engine gas condition and location as well as nozzle configuration. A 4.7% scale nozzle of a bypass ratio seven engine was run at characteristic cycle points under static and forward flight conditions. The effect of the pylon and its orientation on jet noise was also studied as a function of bypass ratio and cycle condition. The addition of a pylon yielded significant spectral changes lowering jet noise by up to 4 dB at high polar angles and increasing it by 2 to 3 dB at forward angles. In order to assess jet noise shielding, a planform representation of the airframe model, also at 4.7% scale was traversed such that the jet nozzle was positioned from downstream of to several diameters upstream of the airframe model trailing edge. Installations at two fan diameters upstream of the wing trailing edge provided only limited shielding in the forward arc at high frequencies for both the axisymmetric and a conventional round nozzle with pylon. This was consistent with phased array measurements suggesting that the high frequency sources are predominantly located near the nozzle exit and, consequently, are amenable to shielding. The mid to low frequency sources were observed further downstream and shielding was insignificant. Chevrons were designed and used to impact the distribution of sources with the more aggressive design showing a significant upstream migration of the sources in the mid frequency range. Furthermore, the chevrons reduced the low frequency source levels and the typical high frequency increase due to the application of chevron nozzles was successfully shielded. The pylon was further modified with a technology that injects air
Forecasting return products in an integrated forward/reverse supply chain utilizing an ANFIS
Kumar D. Thresh
2014-09-01
Full Text Available Interests in Closed-Loop Supply Chain (CLSC issues are growing day by day within the academia, companies, and customers. Many papers discuss profitability or cost reduction impacts of remanufacturing, but a very important point is almost missing. Indeed, there is no guarantee about the amounts of return products even if we know a lot about demands of first products. This uncertainty is due to reasons such as companies’ capabilities in collecting End-of-Life (EOL products, customers’ interests in returning (and current incentives, and other independent collectors. The aim of this paper is to deal with the important gap of the uncertainties of return products. Therefore, we discuss the forecasting method of return products which have their own open-loop supply chain. We develop an integrated two-phase methodology to cope with the closed-loop supply chain design and planning problem. In the first phase, an Adaptive Network Based Fuzzy Inference System (ANFIS is presented to handle the uncertainties of the amounts of return product and to determine the forecasted return rates. In the second phase, and based on the results of the first one, the proposed multi-echelon, multi-product, multi-period, closed-loop supply chain network is optimized. The second-phase optimization is undertaken based on using general exact solvers in order to achieve the global optimum. Finally, the performance of the proposed forecasting method is evaluated in 25 periods using a numerical example, which contains a pattern in the returning of products. The results reveal acceptable performance of the proposed two-phase optimization method. Based on them, such forecasting approaches can be applied to real-case CLSC problems in order to achieve more reliable design and planning of the network
Magnetic Integration for Parallel Interleaved VSCs Connected in a Whiffletree Configuration
Gohil, Ghanshyamsinh Vijaysinh; Bede, Lorand; Teodorescu, Remus;
2016-01-01
inductor in a single magnetic component for such systems. The fundamental frequency component of the flux is mostly confined to the limbs around which the coils are placed, whereas other parts of the magnetic structure only experiences high frequency flux excitation. As a result, the integrated inductor...
HYDRA: A Middleware-Oriented Integrated Architecture for e-Procurement in Supply Chains
Alor-Hernandez, Giner; Aguilar-Lasserre, Alberto; Juarez-Martinez, Ulises; Posada-Gomez, Ruben; Cortes-Robles, Guillermo; Garcia-Martinez, Mario Alberto; Gomez-Berbis, Juan Miguel; Rodriguez-Gonzalez, Alejandro
The Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) development paradigm has emerged to improve the critical issues of creating, modifying and extending solutions for business processes integration, incorporating process automation and automated exchange of information between organizations. Web services technology follows the SOA's principles for developing and deploying applications. Besides, Web services are considered as the platform for SOA, for both intra- and inter-enterprise communication. However, an SOA does not incorporate information about occurring events into business processes, which are the main features of supply chain management. These events and information delivery are addressed in an Event-Driven Architecture (EDA). Taking this into account, we propose a middleware-oriented integrated architecture that offers a brokering service for the procurement of products in a Supply Chain Management (SCM) scenario. As salient contributions, our system provides a hybrid architecture combining features of both SOA and EDA and a set of mechanisms for business processes pattern management, monitoring based on UML sequence diagrams, Web services-based management, event publish/subscription and reliable messaging service.
Path Integral Approach to a Single Polymer Chain with Random Media
Kunsombat, Ch.; Sa-Yakanit, V.
In this paper we consider the problem of a polymer chain in random media with finite correlation. We show that the mean square end-to-end distance of a polymer chain can be obtained using the Feynman path integral developed by Feynman for treating the polaron problem and successfuly applied to the theory of heavily doped semiconductor. We show that for short-range correlation or the white Gaussian model we derive the results obtained by Edwards and Muthukumar using the replica method and for long-range correlation we obtain the result of Yohannes Shiferaw and Yadin Y. Goldschimidt. The main idea of this paper is to generalize the model proposed by Edwards and Muthukumar for short-range correlation to finite correlation. Instead of using a replica method, we employ the Feynman path integral by modeling the polymer Hamiltonian as a model of non-local quadratic trial Hamiltonian. This non-local trial Hamiltonian is essential as it will reflect the translation invariant of the original Hamiltonian. The calculation is proceeded by considering the differences between the polymer propagator and the trial propagator as the first cumulant approximation. The variational principle is used to find the optimal values of the variational parameters and the mean square end-to-end distance is obtained. Several asymptotic limits are considered and a comparison between this approaches and replica approach will be discussed.
A representation basis for the quantum integrable spin chain associated with the su(n) algebra
Hao, Kun; Li, Guang-Liang; Yang, Wen-Li; Shi, Kangjie; Wang, Yupeng
2016-01-01
An orthogonal basis of the Hilbert space for the quantum spin chain associated with the su(n) algebra is introduced. Such kind of basis could be treated as a nested generalization of separation of variables (SoV) basis for high-rank quantum integrable models. It is found that each basis vector is in fact an off-shell Bethe state with entries of generators taking values in a fixed set of inhomogeneity parameters $\\{\\theta_j|j=1,\\cdots,N\\}$, and all the monodromy-matrix elements acting on a basis vector take simple forms. This finding allows one to construct similar basis for other high-rank quantum integrable models in the framework of algebraic Bethe Ansatz. As an example of application of such kind of basis, we construct exact eigenstates of the su(3) spin torus (the trigonometric su(3) spin chain with antiperiodic boundary condition) based on its spectrum obtained via off-diagonal Bethe Ansatz (ODBA).
Qu, Ming [Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; Abdelaziz, Omar [ORNL; Yin, Hongxi [Southeast University, Nanjing, China
2014-11-01
Conventional natural gas-fired boilers exhaust flue gas direct to the atmosphere at 150 200 C, which, at such temperatures, contains large amount of energy and results in relatively low thermal efficiency ranging from 70% to 80%. Although condensing boilers for recovering the heat in the flue gas have been developed over the past 40 years, their present market share is still less than 25%. The major reason for this relatively slow acceptance is the limited improvement in the thermal efficiency of condensing boilers. In the condensing boiler, the temperature of the hot water return at the range of 50 60 C, which is used to cool the flue gas, is very close to the dew point of the water vapor in the flue gas. Therefore, the latent heat, the majority of the waste heat in the flue gas, which is contained in the water vapor, cannot be recovered. This paper presents a new approach to improve boiler thermal efficiency by integrating absorption heat pumps with natural gas boilers for waste heat recovery (HRAHP). Three configurations of HRAHPs are introduced and discussed. The three configurations are modeled in detail to illustrate the significant thermal efficiency improvement they attain. Further, for conceptual proof and validation, an existing hot water-driven absorption chiller is operated as a heat pump at operating conditions similar to one of the devised configurations. An overall system performance and economic analysis are provided for decision-making and as evidence of the potential benefits. These three configurations of HRAHP provide a pathway to achieving realistic high-efficiency natural gas boilers for applications with process fluid return temperatures higher than or close to the dew point of the water vapor in the flue gas.
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2010-01-01
As one of the most common methods to be used as the flame holding mechanism in the propulsion system of the integrated hypersonic vehicle,the research of cavity flame holder has drawn an ever increasing attention of many researchers. The two-dimensional coupled implicit NS equations,the standard k-ε turbulent models and the finite-rate/eddy-dissipation reaction model were employed to simulate the experimental items arranged by the orthogonal design,and the variance analysis method was used to investigate the effects of the geometric parameters of the cavity flame holder on the aero-propulsive performance of the integrated hypersonic vehicle,namely the depth,the ratio of length-to-depth and the sweepback angle. The obtained results show that the geometric parameters make only a little difference to the aero-propulsive performance of the vehicle in the range considered in this paper,and the cavity flame holder with its sweepback angle 45° can satisfy the performance requirement of the integrated hypersonic vehicle further. The hydrogen injected from the upper stream of the cavity makes the boundary layer separate on the lower wall of the engine,and a separate region appears in the upper stream and down stream of the injection slot,respectively.
van Anders, Sari M
2015-07-01
Sexual orientation typically describes people's sexual attractions or desires based on their sex relative to that of a target. Despite its utility, it has been critiqued in part because it fails to account for non-biological gender-related factors, partnered sexualities unrelated to gender or sex, or potential divergences between love and lust. In this article, I propose Sexual Configurations Theory (SCT) as a testable, empirically grounded framework for understanding diverse partnered sexualities, separate from solitary sexualities. I focus on and provide models of two parameters of partnered sexuality--gender/sex and partner number. SCT also delineates individual gender/sex. I discuss a sexual diversity lens as a way to study the particularities and generalities of diverse sexualities without privileging either. I also discuss how sexual identities, orientations, and statuses that are typically seen as misaligned or aligned are more meaningfully conceptualized as branched or co-incident. I map out some existing identities using SCT and detail its applied implications for health and counseling work. I highlight its importance for sexuality in terms of measurement and social neuroendocrinology, and the ways it may be useful for self-knowledge and feminist and queer empowerment and alliance building. I also make a case that SCT changes existing understandings and conceptualizations of sexuality in constructive and generative ways informed by both biology and culture, and that it is a potential starting point for sexual diversity studies and research. PMID:25772652
Software configuration management
Software Configuration Management is directed towards identifying system configuration at specific points of its life cycle, so as to control changes to the configuration and to maintain the integrity and traceability of the configuration throughout its life. SCM functions and tasks are presented in the paper
Chemical looping combustion is a promising technology for power production with integrated CO2 capture. High overall efficiencies can be reached, if the CLC reactors are operated at elevated pressures and high temperature, which can be accommodated in packed bed reactors. More possible oxygen carriers can be selected if the desired temperature rise for power production is achieved in a two stage chemical looping combustion (TS-CLC) process. In this work, the TS-CLC configuration using copper and manganese based oxygen carriers has been integrated in a complete power plant based on coal gasification (IG-CLC). An extensive energy analysis based on the combined use of a packed bed reactor modeling tool and a complete process simulation has been undertaken. An economic estimation of the reactors capital cost has also been carried out. From the material and energy balances the IG-CLC with one stage nickel-based CLC process results in a net electric efficiency of 41.1% on low heating value basis. In case of TS-CLC, efficiencies of 40.3%–40.8% have been obtained. This demonstrated that IGCC (integrated gasification combined cycles) adopting a TS-CLC process can also achieve high efficiency compared to conventional CO2 capture technologies. Although a larger reactor volume is required for TS-CLC, the total estimated investment costs are a factor two lower, because the oxygen carriers are much cheaper. - Highlights: • Complete IG-CLC power plants have been evaluated for different CLC configurations. • Novel operation strategy for the TS-CLC has been proposed: TS-CLC parallel. • The estimated capital costs of TS-CLC are a factor two smaller than one stage CLC. • The process efficiency of TS-CLC is demonstrated to be close to the one stage CLC
Phase diagram and spectral properties of a new exactly integrable spin-1 quantum chain
The spectral properties and phase diagram of the exactly integrable spin-1 quantum chain introduced by Alcaraz and Bariev are presented. The model has a U(1) symmetry and its integrability is associated with an unknown R-matrix whose dependence on the spectral parameters is not of a different form. The associated Bethe ansatz equations that fix the eigenspectra are distinct from those associated with other known integrable spin models. The model has a free parameter tp. We show that at the special point tp = 1, the model acquires an extra U(1) symmetry and reduces to the deformed SU(3) Perk-Schultz model at a special value of its anisotropy q = exp (i2π/3) and in the presence of an external magnetic field. Our analysis is carried out either by solving the associated Bethe ansatz equations or by direct diagonalization of the quantum Hamiltonian for small lattice sizes. The phase diagram is calculated by exploring the consequences of conformal invariance on the finite-size corrections of the Hamiltonian eigenspectrum. The model exhibits a critical phase ruled by the c = 1 conformal field theory separated from a massive phase by first-order phase transitions.
Mohammed Forhad UDDIN
2012-01-01
Full Text Available In this paper, a supply chain with a coordination mechanism consisting of a single vendor and buyeris considered. Further, instead of a price sensitive linear or deterministic demand function, a price-sensitivenon-linear demand function is introduced. To find the inventory cost, penalty cost and transportation cost, it isassumed that the production and shipping functions of the vendor are continuously harmonized and occur at thesame rate. In this integrated supply chain, the Buyer’s Linear Program (LP, vendor’s Integer Program (IP andcoordinated Mixed Integer Program (MIP models are formulated. In this research, numerical example ispresented which includes the sensitivity of the key parameters to illustrate the models. The solution proceduresdemonstrate that the individual profit as well as joint profit could be increased by a coordination mechanismeven though the demand function is non-linear. In addition, the results illustrate that Buyer’s selling price, alongwith the consumers purchasing price, could be decreased, which may increase the demand of the end market.Finally, a conclusion
Aalaei, Amin; Davoudpour, Hamid
2012-11-01
This article presents designing a new mathematical model for integrating dynamic cellular manufacturing into supply chain system with an extensive coverage of important manufacturing features consideration of multiple plants location, multi-markets allocation, multi-period planning horizons with demand and part mix variation, machine capacity, and the main constraints are demand of markets satisfaction in each period, machine availability, machine time-capacity, worker assignment, available time of worker, production volume for each plant and the amounts allocated to each market. The aim of the proposed model is to minimize holding and outsourcing costs, inter-cell material handling cost, external transportation cost, procurement & maintenance and overhead cost of machines, setup cost, reconfiguration cost of machines installation and removal, hiring, firing and salary worker costs. Aimed to prove the potential benefits of such a design, presented an example is shown using a proposed model.
Two-echelon competitive integrated supply chain model with price and credit period dependent demand
Pal, Brojeswar; Sankar Sana, Shib; Chaudhuri, Kripasindhu
2016-04-01
This study considers a two-echelon competitive supply chain consisting of two rivaling retailers and one common supplier with trade credit policy. The retailers hope that they can enhance their market demand by offering a credit period to the customers and the supplier also offers a credit period to the retailers. We assume that the market demand of the products of one retailer depends not only on their own market price and offering a credit period to the customers, but also on the market price and offering a credit period of the other retailer. The supplier supplies the product with a common wholesale price and offers the same credit period to the retailers. We study the model under a centralised (integrated) case and a decentralised (Vertical Nash) case and compare them numerically. Finally, we investigate the model by the collected numerical data.
A Banerjee; M K Ravikumar; A Jalajakshi; P Suresh Kumar; S A Gaffoor; A K Shukla
2012-07-01
Lead-Carbon hybrid ultracapacitors (Pb-C HUCs) with flooded, absorbent-glass-mat (AGM) and silica-gel sulphuric acid electrolyte configurations are developed and performance tested. Pb-C HUCs comprise substrate-integrated PbO2 (SI-PbO2) as positive electrodes and high surface-area carbon with graphite-sheet substrate as negative electrodes. The electrode and silica-gel electrolyte materials are characterized by XRD, XPS, SEM, TEM, Rheometry, BET surface area, and FTIR spectroscopy in conjunction with electrochemistry. Electrochemical performance of SI-PbO2 and carbon electrodes is studied using cyclic voltammetry with constant-current charge and discharge techniques by assembling symmetric electrical-double-layer capacitors and hybrid Pb-C HUCs with a dynamic Pb(porous)/PbSO4 reference electrode. The specific capacitance values for 2 V Pb-C HUCs are found to be 166 F/g, 102 F/g and 152 F/g with a faradaic efficiency of 98%, 92% and 88% for flooded, AGM and gel configurations, respectively.
Glaese, John R.; McDonald, Emmett J.
2000-01-01
Orbiting space solar power systems are currently being investigated for possible flight in the time frame of 2015-2020 and later. Such space solar power (SSP) satellites are required to be extremely large in order to make practical the process of collection, conversion to microwave radiation, and reconversion to electrical power at earth stations or at remote locations in space. These large structures are expected to be very flexible presenting unique problems associated with their dynamics and control. The purpose of this project is to apply the expanded TREETOPS multi-body dynamics analysis computer simulation program (with expanded capabilities developed in the previous activity) to investigate the control problems associated with the integrated symmetrical concentrator (ISC) conceptual SSP system. SSP satellites are, as noted, large orbital systems having many bodies (perhaps hundreds) with flexible arrays operating in an orbiting environment where the non-uniform gravitational forces may be the major load producers on the structure so that a high fidelity gravity model is required. The current activity arises from our NRA8-23 SERT proposal. Funding, as a supplemental selection, has been provided by NASA with reduced scope from that originally proposed.
Highlights: • Thermal and heat transfer models of absorption heat pumps driven by exhaust gas, hot water, or natural gas. • Natural gas boiler combustion model. • Heat exchanger for condensing. • Experimental data of a hot water absorption heat pump. • Economic assessment of heat recovery absorption heat pump for improving natural gas boilers. - Abstract: Conventional natural gas-fired boilers exhaust flue gas direct to the atmosphere at 150–200 °C, which, at such temperatures, contains large amount of energy and results in relatively low thermal efficiency ranging from 70% to 80%. Although condensing boilers for recovering the heat in the flue gas have been developed over the past 40 years, their present market share is still less than 25%. The major reason for this relatively slow acceptance is the limited improvement in the thermal efficiency of condensing boilers. In the condensing boiler, the temperature of the hot water return at the range of 50–60 °C, which is used to cool the flue gas, is very close to the dew point of the water vapor in the flue gas. Therefore, the latent heat, the majority of the waste heat in the flue gas, which is contained in the water vapor, cannot be recovered. This paper presents a new approach to improve boiler thermal efficiency by integrating absorption heat pumps with natural gas boilers for waste heat recovery (HRAHP). Three configurations of HRAHPs are introduced and discussed. The three configurations are modeled in detail to illustrate the significant thermal efficiency improvement they attain. Further, for conceptual proof and validation, an existing hot water-driven absorption chiller is operated as a heat pump at operating conditions similar to one of the devised configurations. An overall system performance and economic analysis are provided for decision-making and as evidence of the potential benefits. These three configurations of HRAHP provide a pathway to achieving realistic high-efficiency natural
Zaryab Sheikh
2012-01-01
Full Text Available The main area of change in organizational strategy is the extensive use of third party logistics providers who are using advanced information technology tools and integration of supply chain to enhance customer satisfaction. By outsourcing the logistics operations, companies can focus on their core competencies and other important areas of organization which can’t be outsourced. The analysis of this paper is conducted by discussing different concepts of supply chain integration, customer satisfaction, advanced information technology and third party logistics providers, and their impact on customer satisfaction with theoretical framework. An analytical model is also presented.
Phase diagram of an integrable alternating Uq[sl(2|1)] superspin chain
We construct a family of integrable vertex model based on the typical four-dimensional representations of the quantum group deformation of the Lie superalgebra sl(2|1). Upon alternation of such a representation with its dual this model gives rise to a mixed superspin Hamiltonian with local interactions depending on the representation parameter ±b and the deformation parameter γ. As a subsector this model contains integrable vertex models with ordinary symmetries for twisted boundary conditions. The thermodynamic limit and low energy properties of the mixed superspin chain are studied using a combination of analytical and numerical methods. Based on these results we identify the phases realized in this system as a function of the parameters b and γ. The different phases are characterized by the operator content of the corresponding critical theory. Only part of the spectrum of this effective theory can be understood in terms of the U(1) symmetries related to the physical degrees of freedom corresponding to spin and charge. The other modes lead to logarithmic finite-size corrections in the spectrum of the theory.
Prashant Jindal
2016-06-01
Full Text Available For the past four decades the integrated vendor and buyer supply chain inventory model has been an interesting topic, but quality improvement of defective items in the integrated inventory model with backorder price discount involving controllable lead time has been rarely discussed. The aim of this paper is to minimize the total related cost in the continuous review model by considering the order quantity, reorder point, lead time, process quality, backorder price discount and number of shipment as decision variables. Moreover, we assume that an investment function is used to improve the process quality. The lead time demand follows a normal distribution. In addition, the buyer offers backorder price discount to motivate the customers for possible backorders. There are some defective items in the arrival lot, so its treatment is also taken in account in this paper. We develop an iterative procedure for finding the optimal values of decision variables and numerical example is presented to illustrate the solution procedure. Additionally, sensitivity analysis with respect to major parameters is also carried out.
Heimann, B.; Christensen, M.; Rosendal Rasmussen, S.; Bonneau, M.; Grunert, K.G.; Arnau, J.; Trienekens, J.H.; Oksbjerg, N.; Greef, de K.H.; Petersen, B.
2012-01-01
Improving the quality of pork and pork products for the consumer: development of innovative, integrated, and sustainable food production chains of high quality pork products matching consumer demands.
Research on Dairy Foods’ Cold Chain Logistics Development Based on "Dumbbell" Integration Strategy
Yong Liu; Dazheng Wang; Hongming Zhao; Suzhen Zhang
2014-01-01
In order to study the causes of weak development of dairy foods’ cold chain logistics industry in china, we analyze the role that the improvement of living standards play in dairy foods’ cold chain logistics to put forward higher requirements. This study discusses many serious problems in Chinese dairy foods’ cold chain logistics industry, cold chain logistics system is incomplete, which cause a lot of damage to people's mental and physical. For these evergrowing problems, countries need to i...
A new Integration Model to Evaluate Strategic Performance of Supply Chain
Gholamreza Gholampour; Abdul Rahman Bin Abdul Rahim
2014-01-01
Nowadays, Supply Chain Management (SCM) is one of the most important and complex issues for automakers in the world. The main objectives of this research were to investigate the factors that predict strategic performance of supply chain by doing quantitative research at Iran Khodro Company (IKCO) in Iran. Based on supply chain theories, strategic performance of supply chain was predicted by Information Technology (IT), Organizational Learning (OL), and Product Innovation (PRI) in our research...
An Integrated-Empirical Logistics Perspective on Supply Chain Innovation and Firm Performance
Santanu Mandal
2015-01-01
Supply chains need to innovate constantly for maintaining their position in the marketplace and also to fight uncertainties. Hence firms are focusing on strategies for developing supply chain innovation. The current investigation adds to this emerging regime through investigating the influence of logistics capabilities viz. demand management capability, supply management capability, information management capability and coordination capability on supply chain innovation through logistics inte...
Gheorghe, Gh. Ion; Popan, Gheorghe
2013-10-01
This scientific paper presents in national premiere and in original concept of the author, the scientific national and the author's original concept, the technological and cross-border mixture value chain of science and engineering of multi-integrative Mechatronics-Integronics-Adaptronics, as high-tech vector support development, for viability and sustainability of a new intelligent and competitive labour market.
董晓玲
2012-01-01
This paper, through an analysis of the connotation of discipline chain, professional chain and industrial chain and the role positioning of local colleges and universities, expounds the necessity of integration of the three chains, analyzes the main problem and causes in the integration and puts forward some effective solutions in order to help higher learning institutions to locate their positions and optimize their role in the process of social and business services.%通过对学科链、专业链、产业链内涵及地方高校角色定位的分析,阐释了三链对接的必要性,进而剖析了目前三链对接中存在的主要问题与原因,从实践中提出一些行之有效的办法,以求高校在为社会、企业的服务过程中找准自己的立足点,发挥最大的作用。
5D partition functions, q-Virasoro systems and integrable spin-chains
Nieri, Fabrizio; Passerini, Filippo; Torrielli, Alessandro
2013-01-01
We analyze N = 1 theories on S5 and S4 x S1, showing how their partition functions can be written in terms of a set of fundamental 5d holomorphic blocks. We demonstrate that, when the 5d mass parameters are analytically continued to suitable values, the S5 and S4 x S1 partition functions degenerate to those for S3 and S2 x S1. We explain this mechanism via the recently proposed correspondence between 5d partition functions and correlators with underlying q-Virasoro symmetry. From the q-Virasoro 3-point functions, we axiomatically derive a set of associated reflection coefficients, and show they can be geometrically interpreted in terms of Harish-Chandra c-functions for quantum symmetric spaces. We then link these particular c-functions to the types appearing in the Jost functions encoding the asymptotics of the scattering in integrable spin chains, obtained taking different limits of the XYZ model to XXZ-type.
Integrating complexity into data-driven multi-hazard supply chain network strategies
Long, Suzanna K.; Shoberg, Thomas G.; Ramachandran, Varun; Corns, Steven M.; Carlo, Hector J.
2013-01-01
Major strategies in the wake of a large-scale disaster have focused on short-term emergency response solutions. Few consider medium-to-long-term restoration strategies that reconnect urban areas to the national supply chain networks (SCN) and their supporting infrastructure. To re-establish this connectivity, the relationships within the SCN must be defined and formulated as a model of a complex adaptive system (CAS). A CAS model is a representation of a system that consists of large numbers of inter-connections, demonstrates non-linear behaviors and emergent properties, and responds to stimulus from its environment. CAS modeling is an effective method of managing complexities associated with SCN restoration after large-scale disasters. In order to populate the data space large data sets are required. Currently access to these data is hampered by proprietary restrictions. The aim of this paper is to identify the data required to build a SCN restoration model, look at the inherent problems associated with these data, and understand the complexity that arises due to integration of these data.
Inês Shinobu Chubachi
2016-07-01
Full Text Available The increasing market competition makes companies seek better results, through partnerships with suppliers, and it isnecessary to analyze and adapt to the requirements of customers and market. Thus, for the realization of this article, it is based on concepts of Logistics according to supply chain, intending to analyze operational processes and suggest improvements in results and competitive gains for collaboration in the chain of trade in pieces of industrial equipment company in the Greater São Paulo region. Therefore, we conducted literature searches through books and articles, as well as a case study, which in general, revealed that the supply chain of the studied company has great potential for improvement it once has modest integration actions compared to a model with a strategic focus and some deviations compared to the academic literature. Research results have shown issues such as ignorance of the subject proposed by the employees as well as the need to create alternatives to maximize the interaction between the sectors within the organization contributing more competitive solutions in addition to providing agility in the process as a whole. To carry out further research, it is recommended further study regarding the implementation of management information systems to improve some processes and, consequently, the outcome of that organization.
Song, Yuelin; Song, Qingqing; Li, Jun; Zheng, Jiao; Li, Chun; Zhang, Yuan; Zhang, Lingling; Jiang, Yong; Tu, Pengfei
2016-07-01
Direct analysis is of great importance to understand the real chemical profile of a given sample, notably biological materials, because either chemical degradation or diverse errors and uncertainties might be resulted from sophisticated protocols. In comparison with biofluids, it is still challenging for direct analysis of solid biological samples using high performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Herein, a new analytical platform was configured by online hyphenating pressurized liquid extraction (PLE), turbulent flow chromatography (TFC), and LC-MS/MS. A facile, but robust PLE module was constructed based on the phenomenon that noticeable back-pressure can be generated during rapid fluid passing through a narrow tube. TFC column that is advantageous at extracting low molecular analytes from rushing fluid was employed to link at the outlet of the PLE module to capture constituents-of-interest. An electronic 6-port/2-position valve was introduced between TFC column and LC-MS/MS to fragment each measurement into extraction and elution phases, whereas LC-MS/MS took the charge of analyte separation and monitoring. As a proof of concept, simultaneous determination of 24 endogenous substances including eighteen steroids, five eicosanoids, and one porphyrin in feces was carried out in this paper. Method validation assays demonstrated the analytical platform to be qualified for directly simultaneous measurement of diverse endogenous analytes in fecal matrices. Application of this integrated platform on homolog-focused profiling of feces is discussed in a companion paper. PMID:27268518
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1978-06-01
Studies leading to the development of two 400 MW Offshore Thermal Energy Conversion Commercial Plants are presented. This volume includes a summary of three tasks: task IIA--systems evaluation and requirements; task IIB--evaluation plan; task III--technology review; and task IV--systems integration evaluation. Task IIA includes the definition of top level requirements and an assessment of factors critical to the selection of hull configuration and size, quantification of payload requirements and characteristics, and sensitivity of system characteristics to site selection. Task IIB includes development of a methodology for systematically evaluating the candidate hullforms, based on interrelationships and priorities developed during task IIA. Task III includes the assessment of current technology and identification of deficiencies in relation to OTEC requirements and the development of plans to correct such deficiencies. Task IV involves the formal evaluation of the six candidate hullforms in relation to sit and plant capacity to quantify cost/size/capability relationships, leading to selection of an optimum commercial plant. (WHK)
The integrability of one dimensional classical continuum inhomogeneous biquadratic Heisenberg spin chain and the effect of nonlinear inhomogeneity on the soliton of an underlying completely integrable spin model are studied. The dynamics of the spin system is expressed in terms of a higher order generalized nonlinear Schroedinger equation through a differential geometric approach which becomes integrable for a particular choice of the biquadratic exchange interaction and for linear inhomogeneity. The effect of nonlinear inhomogeneity on the spin soliton is studied by carrying out a multiple scale perturbation analysis. (author)
Impact of Integration of Manufacturaing Planning and Control Systems on Supply Chain Management
Kawai, Ayako; Sato, Ryo
2009-01-01
Manufacturing planning and control systems (MPCSs, for short) are an essentialelement for supply chain processes today. However, there are few researches whichinclude planning information systems in supply chain models and optimize the wholestructure holistically in spite of the social importance of MPCSs for supply chainmanagement. At present, we do not have any ideas even about process behaviorwhen organizations which have MPCSs are linked in a supply chain. To clarifyfundamental properties...
Jack G.A.J. van der Vorst; Tromp, Seth; Van Der Zee, Durk-Jouke
2009-01-01
Abstract Food supply chains are confronted with increased consumer demands on food quality and sustainability. When redesigning these chains the analysis of food quality change and environmental load of new scenarios is as important as the analysis of efficiency and responsiveness requirements. Simulation tools are often used for supporting decision-making on supply chain (re)design when logistic uncertainties are in place, building on their inherent modelling flexibility. Mostly, ...
Supply Chain Integration and Logistics Management among BRICS: A Literature Review
Pravendra Tyagi
2016-08-01
Full Text Available Supply chain management encompasses the routing and scheduling of inventory maneuver to desired allocation in an economic mode for satisfying the all end-users by prompt connectivity and communication between the links of supply chain. In this article efforts have been made to explore the series of challenges in BRICS countries in supply chain connectivity to achieve the revolution of coined word, which is “Broad vision and shared prosperity, also security and prosperity” this paper exposes the impacting key constraints on economic and smooth supply chain execution country wise, specifically Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, also discusses the approaches to overcome the loose poles in supply chain system by enhancing internationalization and globalization ,which relates to quantitative and qualitative strengthening in the field of finance and technology