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Towards a cloud-based platform for enabling supply chain collaboration

Title 

Towards a cloud-based platform for enabling supply chain collaboration

Authors

Borja Ramis Ferrer, Ruben de Juan-Marín, Emili Miedes, Angelica Nieto, Jose L. Martínez Lastra, Raul Peña-Ortiz

Abstract

This book provides the latest models, methods and guidelines for networked enterprises to enhance their competitiveness and move towards innovative high performance and agile industrial systems.
 
In the new global market, competitiveness and economic growth rely greatly on the move toward innovative high performance industrial systems and agile networked enterprises through the creation and consolidation of non-hierarchical manufacturing networks of multi-national SMEs as opposed to networks based on powerful large-scale companies. Network performance can be significantly improved through more harmonious and equitable peer-to-peer inter-enterprise relationships, conforming decentralized and collaborative decision-making models.
 
Traditional hierarchical manufacturing networks are based on centralized models, where some of the actors involved must adapt themselves to the constraints defined by those who are most dominant. Real-world experiences of such models have revealed some major problems due to the centralized vision of the supply chain and the sub-optimal performance of centralized decision-making. For the current highly dynamic markets, this generates major inefficiencies in operation throughout the supply chain.
 
This book collects the latest research regarding non-hierarchical manufacturing networks and provides enterprises with valuable models, methods and guidelines to improve their competitiveness.

The advances on information and communication technologies allow the development of collaboration tools, which exchange di erent type of data in order to optimize certain functionality. Distributed and large-scale systems (e.g. supply chains) have incorporated many systems and new technologies that are compatible with collaboration tools for optimizing processes. However, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) have not yet implemented the access to such tools due to their limited resources.

More and more SMEs are opting for an on demand service model based on the cloud computing paradigm to transform their xed costs of infrastructure investment into variable costs. This change in the economic model is having an important impact on the companies' cost of accessing technology.

In this scope, the on-going European project Cloud Collaborative Manufacturing Networks (C2NET) proposes a cloud-based platform to provide a scalable real-time architecture, platform and software that support the supply network optimisation of manufacturing and logistic assets based on collaborative demand, production and delivery plans.


This paper presents the C2NET High Level Architecture describing its main layers and components.

Workshop

Cloud Collaborative Manufacturing Networks Workshop (hosted in I-ESA 2016 conference)
Borja Ramis Ferrer, Ruben de Juan-Marín, Emili Miedes, Angelica Nieto, Jose L. Martínez Lastra, Raul Peña-Ortiz
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