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Systems for Managing Mobile Production Resources

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010606D
Publication Date: 2002-Dec-20

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Authors:
Jeff Lindsay Fung-jou Chen Walter Reade Ron Edens

Abstract

A computerized system is proposed for optimizing the use and placement of multiple mobile production facilities (mini-mills or arrays of modular manufacturing systems). Mobile mills can be moved to new optimized locations based on changes in market conditions, regulations, supplies of raw materials, and so forth. The mobile facilities can be moved by train or truck ("mills on wheels") for use on land, or by barge or boat. Rather than managing each mobile mill as a separate resource, a corporation with multiple mobile mills can manage the entire system in an integrated manner to optimize the use of resources and the distribution of products made. The integrated approach can be used to optimize the location of the mills and products made there to best meet the demands of the market and increase overall profitability of the corporation. This can be accomplished with the help of an administrative program, which can be a software module integrated with an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system. The system can be applied to products such as paper, tissue, absorbent articles, medical goods, plastics, and numerous other products suitable for use with mobile production facilities.