Production and Manufacturing System Management: Coordination Approaches and Multi-Site Planning

Production and Manufacturing System Management: Coordination Approaches and Multi-Site Planning

Paolo Renna (University of Basilicata, Italy)
Indexed In: INSPEC
Release Date: September, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 377
ISBN13: 9781466620988|ISBN10: 1466620986|EISBN13: 9781466620995|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2098-8


The adoption of production networks and distributed production planning is essential to the increase of competition and market globalization of manufacturing companies as well as Small and Medium Enterprises. In order for SMEs to gain competitive advantages to participate in this kind of network, the distributed approach of production planning requires a coordination mechanism to acquire this high level of performance.

Production and Manufacturing System Management: Coordination Approaches and Multi-Site Planning presents relevant theoretical frameworks and most recent research findings in this area. This extensive collection of works provides significant theories for research students and scholars to carry out their continuous research as well as practitioners who aim to improve upon their understanding of distributed production planning.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Case Studies in Distributed Production Planning
  • Coordination Theory
  • Decision Support System
  • Distributed Systems
  • Game Theory
  • Multi Agent Systems
  • Multi-Objective Optimization Algorithms
  • Production Networks
  • Production planning and scheduling
  • Simulation Tools

Reviews and Testimonials

Fourteen contributions apply multi-agent methods to distributed architectures for production planning and supply chain management, the design of distributed organizations, and general network interactions. The studies compare approaches to auction trading by consortia in multi-agent systems, assess distributed coordination in dynamic assignment of time-critical entities among multiple sites, and model the production and transportation decisions of a chemical company with two manufacturing facilities. Other topics include a fuzzy hierarchical production planning technique, small and medium enterprise project coordination, the redefined role of consumer as prosumer, and e-learning with the Second Life virtual world website. 

– Book News Inc. Portland, OR

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Paolo Renna is an Assistant Professor at Department of Environmental Engineering and Physics in the Engineering Faculty of Basilicata University (Italy). He took Ph.D. degree at Polytechnic of Bari in Advanced Production Systems. His academic researches principally deal with the development of innovative negotiation and production planning in distributed environments and manufacturing scheduling in dynamic environment. Several contributions have been presented on design Multi Agent Architecture and test by discrete event simulation in Business to Business environment. Among the contributions, he is co-author of two research books about e-marketplaces and production planning in production networks. Moreover, he has developed coordination approaches in multi-plant production planning environment and innovative scheduling approaches in flexible and reconfigurable manufacturing systems.