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  1. Case study

    Physical asset management certification at Eandis

    This teaching case can be used in a course of operations management, technology management, or supply chain management. It illustrates the challenges in physical asset management certification of ISO 55000.

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    The Production Dice Game

    The Production Dice Game is a powerful learning exercise that demonstrates the impact of variability and dependency on throughput and work-in-process inventory. The insights obtained by playing the game can also be extended to a service or supply chain context. The game can be played online, and the software can be downloaded for free.

  3. exercising control

    Exercising control over supplier performance

    The belief that firms can be more efficient and effective when they concentrate on core activities and let specialist service providers take care of the rest has made outsourcing the provision of services a rapidly rising trend: from 2001 to 2009, the worldwide services outsourcing market grew from $65 billion to $110 billion, and it is forecasted to reach $130 billion by 2013.

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    Surgical Manoeuvre: modelling can help a busy day-care centre plan operations more effectively

    A complex daily surgery schedule must balance the needs of individual patients with available equipment and recovery beds, and will benefit from employing a planning tool using algorithms that can be accessed through user-friendly software. Brecht Cardoen and Erik Demeulemeester set out to examine how a decision support system using optimization algorithms can help medical staff improve their scheduling.

  5. Turbo

    Plane Sailing: modelling can solve bottlenecks in complex work rosters – and cut costs

    A maintenance company whose staff provide day and night coverage for airlines on a complex flight schedule needs to keep its labour costs down without alienating unions yet remain flexible enough to cover for the unexpected. Time to call in an algorithm. This project, explained in the paper “Improving Workforce Scheduling of Aircraft Line Maintenance at Sabena Technics”, demonstrates the potential for optimization programming taking in diverse demand and supply variables to solve complex scheduling problems.

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    A Typology of European Distribution Centres

    The changing European market and increased globalisation may have consequences for current top logistics regions, such as Flanders (Belgium). New regional distribution centres to serve the local East European markets may arise, but they will not replace the economic value-adding distribution centres currently located in Flanders.

  7. plants-as-sources

    Plants as sources of strategic flexibility in manufacturing networks

    The international manufacturing landscape has changed significantly over the past 10 to 15 years. Manufacturing as a percentage of GDP has been reduced in many of the industrialised countries, and we have seen a major shift in the allocation of production capacity around the world. In the period 1995-2005, manufacturing moved from 18.9% to 14.4% of GDP in the USA; from 21.7% to 14.4% in the UK; and from 23.4% to 21% in Japan.

  8. Ghent University

    Access blocking at Ghent University Hospital

    In the summer of 2006, some conflicts arose between the emergency department (ED) and some of the internal nursing departments (INDs) of Ghent University Hospital. The ED staff did not understand why the CEO had communicated a message about the low occupancy rate of the beds in the hospital, because he had been confronted for some years with the phenomenon of access blocking in the ED. Furthermore, the ED staff had evidence of the fact that the access of patients from the ED to the INDs was being blocked even though there were free beds in these nursing departments. As a consequence, the ED regularly became overcrowded, which led to an unacceptable workload for the ED staff.

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