Charging Up: Lifecycle of a Battery

Charging Up- Lifecycle of a Battery

Tracing the global supply and production chains of the lithium-ion batteries that power our electronic devices.

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Location Analysis for Supply Chain

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Supply chains are an important part of every person’s daily life. They are a crucial part of a country’s economy, which sees the transportation and delivery of goods and services from provider to consumer. With supply chains comes the responsibility of supply chain management, a process that ensures the safe and timely delivery of these goods.

However, this process often has risk and potential for optimization. Supply chain professionals deal with unforeseen incidents and constantly changing environments and require absolute visibility with real-time monitoring capabilities. For a supply chain to be successful, there needs to be an integration of location awareness, real-time tracking, and risk analysis. GIS helps to make all of this possible.

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Building Materials Logistics & Geographic Optimization

 

Building Materials Logistics & Geographic Optimization.jpgThe distribution of concrete is one of the most complex logistics management tasks. Ready-mix concrete has a very short shelf life of approx. 90 minutes and small and large order quantities must be delivered quickly, accurately and as cost-effectively as possible to geographically widely distributed and frequently-changing unloading points.
The objectives are therefore conflicting. ‘Cost-effective’ means minimizing transport cost and driving distances and maximizing truck utilization. ‘Fast and accurate’ means creating robust and reliable plans, taking unforeseen eventualities into account, as well as exclusive delivery.
This leads to one of the most interesting issues of operations research, the Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP). The task is to design the optimal set of routes for a fleet of vehicles to serve a given set of customers.

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