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Zhang L.L.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Aldanondo M.,Toulouse University Mines Albi | Kumar A.,RMIT University
IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management | Year: 2014

The platforming concept has been successfully applied to develop diverse customized products in the manufacturing industries, in particular make-to-order (MTO) firms. In view of the need to have structured approaches to developing healthcare services, this study proposes to adopt the platforming concept in service development in hospitals. More specifically, it proposes healthcare platforms. As the initial efforts, this study (1) compares the similarities between hospitals and MTO firms, (2) presents a framework for planning healthcare platforms, and (3) discusses in detail a number of potential avenues for future research on healthcare platforming. © 2014 IEEE. Source


Zhang L.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Vareilles E.,Toulouse University Mines Albi | Aldanondo M.,Toulouse University Mines Albi | Helo P.,University of Vaasa
IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management | Year: 2012

Facilitating product customization, configuration has attracted much attention from both academia and industry alike. However, the available studies and the reported systems focus on sales or product configuration while leaving other important issues in developing customized products unaddressed. In this study, we propose a new configuration concept: integrated SAles, Product and Production configuration (SAP2 configuration) to accommodate the entire product customization process. In this study, we focus on the underpinning configuration model: the generic bill of functions, materials and operations (GBoFMO) and discuss it in detail. © 2012 IEEE. Source


Pitiot P.,Toulouse University Mines Albi | Aldanondo M.,Toulouse University Mines Albi | Vareilles E.,Toulouse University Mines Albi | Zhang L.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Coudert T.,Toulouse University Tarbes
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2012

This communication deals with mass customization and the association of the product configuration task with the planning of its production process while trying to minimize cost and cycle time. We consider a two steps approach that first permit to interactively (with the customer) achieve a first product configuration and first process plan (thanks to non-negotiable requirements) and then optimize both of them (with remaining negotiable requirements). This communication concerns the second optimization step. Our goal is to evaluate a recent evolutionary algorithm (EA). As both problems are considered as constraints satisfaction problems, the optimization problem is constrained. Therefore the considered EA was selected and adapted to fit the problem. The experimentations will compare the EA with a conventional branch and bound according to the problem size and the density of constraints. The hypervolume metric is used for comparison. © 2012 Springer-Verlag. Source


Zhang L.L.,Lille Catholic University | Vareilles E.,Toulouse University Mines Albi | Aldanondo M.,Toulouse University Mines Albi
International Journal of Production Research | Year: 2013

Most available studies on configuration focus on either sales configuration specifying functional features or production configuration addressing product components. It has been well recognised that automating most of the activities associated with specification, engineering, and process planning of customised products and their interactions is one key in achieving product customisation. Thus, treating sales configuration and product configuration separately may not contribute to product customisation from a systematic view although they may lead to the improvement of individual stages. Recognising this limitation of existing studies, in this paper, we propose integrated SAles, Product and Production (SAP2) configuration, which helps achieve product customisation from a holistic view. Its rationale lies in automating consistently sales, product and production configuration activities in one system. In view of the importance of configuration models, we focus on the model underpinning SAP2 configuration called generic bill of functions, materials and operations (GBoFMO) and discuss it in detail. As the core of SAP2 configuration, GBoFMO can provide companies with an insight into organising the large volumes of data and knowledge in the life cycle of product family development. We also report a case study of light passenger aircrafts to illustrate the GBoFMO. © 2013 Taylor & Francis. Source


Marmier F.,Toulouse University Mines Albi | Gourc D.,Toulouse University Mines Albi | Laarz F.,Toulouse University Mines Albi
Decision Support Systems | Year: 2013

The project management team has to respect contractual commitments, in terms of deadlines and budgets, that are often two antagonistic objectives. At the same time, the market becomes more and more demanding as far as costs and delays are concerned while expecting a high quality level. Then, the project management team has to continuously consider novelty and a risk management strategy in order to determine the best balance between benefits and risks. Based on the principles of a synchronized process between risk management and project management, and on the concepts of risk scenario, we propose a decision-making tool to help the project manager choose the best way to improve project success rate while controlling the level of risks. As a finding, the project manager would be able to evaluate and compare different novelties or development strategies taking into account their repercussions on potential risks and risk treatment strategies. Finally, a case study in the aerospace industry and specifically on satellite integration and tests is developed to validate this approach. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. Source

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