EMPOSME Dissemination

The primary objective of this consortium, to develop and implement an Enterprise Modelling and Performance Optimisation (EMPOSME) tool, was achieved during the second project period P2. The final EMPOSME suite of tools, as validated through deployment at the SME end-user sites,  is used as follows:

(1) The end user interacts with the Enterprise Modeller to describe (or model’s) the entities in the organisation at enterprise level relevant to the main Key Performance Indicator. The data for the Supply-Demand Position is extracted real-time from the ERP system and / or legacy databases such as spreadsheets.

(2) The Optimisation and Planning Module then plans multiple resources vis-ŕ-vis a suite of Key Performance Indicators. The plan is integrated, e.g. unlike standard planning systems the material optimisation does not assume infinite capacity and vice versa. The plans also allow for user interaction so that the practitioner can use his/her empirical experience to adjust the plan using visual interfaces to display the consequence of his/her decision on the relevant performance indicator.

(3) The Performance Manager shows the impact of the planning decisions taken today on the Key Performance Indicator (Predictive Performance Planning). For example a series of visually interactive screens show the predictive performance of the enterprise based on the plan produced. The decision maker can thus rapidly identify the risk/reward position of any choice he has to make vis-ŕ-vis a suite of defined key performance indicators.

The primary result of this project is the EMPOSME system / tool. EMPOSME integrates Enterprise Modelling and Enterprise Optimisation so that the decision maker can rapidly identify the risk/reward position of any choice (decisions) he has to make vis-ŕ-vis a suite of defined key performance indicators.

The EMPOSME tool enables the experienced practitioner within an SME to accomplish the following:

- Rapidly model and accurately represent all of the Entities (e.g. sales orders) and Resources (e.g. People and Machines) within the typical firm via a visually appealing user Interface.

- Enable the practitioner to define his multi-criteria Enterprise Objective function or goal.

- Enable the manager to rapidly diagnose and resolve the myriad of resource conflicts that emerge frequently within an enterprise.

- Enable the manager to evaluate the proposed solution and deploy it to people that complete the value generation activities within the firm.

- To develop and implement an integrated software solution to achieve an ‘holistic optimised resource allocation solution’ needed to process all sales orders in MTO and ETO industries for a near-optimum solution from initial quotation to return of the product at the end of its useful life.

At the end of this project the end user SMEs using the EMPOSME tool have achieved the following Performance Outcomes:

- Sales Order Velocity increase of greater than 30%

- Sales Order On Time in Full (OTIF) Delivery Performance (as compared to original Order Promise date) increase to over 95% from the current estimated level of 40%.

- Reduce Planning Time by greater than 60% and Planning Effort by greater than 50%.

  

EMPOSME Reports

SME Perspective

EMPOSME: An EU FP6 Project - Sept 2005 – January 2008 - SME perspective

Co-ordinator Perspective

An EU FP6 Project Coordinator’s perspective

 

Workshops and Public Dissemination Events

Enterprise Ireland hosted a series of information seminars, in the various Irish regions, during 2007-2008, highlighting the opportunities and support structures for Irish SMEs to become involved in projects within the EU 7th Framework Programme. UL and ManOPT were active participants in these seminars using EMPOSME as a case study to promote involvement in FP7. The seminars included topics such as:

“Benefits of and how to get involved in an FP7 Consortium - An industrial SME Perspective” by Ann Sheahan, Manopt Systems Ltd, Limerick, Friday, 7th December 2007 at the Rubicon Centre CIT, Cork.

 “An EU FP6 Project Coordinator’s perspective”  by Dr. Con Sheahan, Enterprise Research Centre, University of Limerick , Tuesday, 16th January 2007 at the Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick

“Opportunities for SMEs within FP7” - A briefing to Galway Chamber of Commerce; by Ann Sheahan, Manopt Systems Ltd, Limerick Wednesday, 5th March 2008.


SMEs Connecting with Framework Programme 7 - Wednesday  2nd May, 2007 in Limerick, included presentations by:

“Experiences of an Irish SME in FP6, Plans for FP7” by Ann Sheahan, ManOPT Systems Ltd.,

“Experiences of a Co-Ordinator in FP6 CRAFT” by Con Sheahan, Researcher, University of Limerick.

ManOPT also presented to Enterprise Ireland Tech Club (December 13th 2006) on the experiences in FP6.

ManOPT, was invited by the National Director for FP7, and attended a workshop on behalf of Enterprise Ireland and the FP7 National Support Network on Thursday May 10th 2007 at the Radisson Hotel, Athlone. This workshop involved SME's from around the country brought together to discuss their views and opinions on involvement in the EU Framework Programme 6 (FP6). In particular, the following were addressed: Perceived benefits and opinions on FP6 SME funding in Ireland and Views and opinions on the upcoming FP7 programme.

 

 University of Limerick Publications

Sheahan, A; Sheahan, C. (2006) “ ENTERPRISE MODELLING AND PERFORMANCE OPTIMISATION FOR SMES (EMPOSME)”  (PMA) Performance Measurement and Management: Public and Private 25-28 July 2006, Cranfield School of Management, London, UK.

Wilson, C., Sheahan, C. (2006) State of Performance Measurement Practice in SMES. (PMA) Performance Measurement and Management: Public and Private 25-28 July 2006, Cranfield School of Management, London, UK pg 809-816.

Dang Thanh-Tung, Ben Flood, Cáthál Wilson, Con Sheahan: Ontology - MAS for modelling and robust controlling enterprises. The First International Conference on Theories and Applications of Computer Science (ICTACS’06), August 3rd - 5th, 2006, published by World Scientific, ISBN 978-981-270-063-6, pp 116 – 123.

Dang Tung, Cáthál Wilson and Con Sheahan: MAS for modelling dynamic manufacturing systems. The international Conference on Modelling of Complex Systems and Environments, July 2007, ISBN: 978-0-9763486-3-4, pp. 116 – 120.

Dang Thanh-Tung, Cáthál Wilson, Ben Flood, Con Sheahan: Using Ontology to help achieve mobile, multi-skilled employees The First International Conference on Theories and Applications of Computer Science (ICTACS’06), August 3rd - 5th, 2006, published by World Scientific, ISBN 978-981-270-063-6, pp. 7 – 16.

Joint publications with the other RTD partners are listed under the leading RTD partner below (to avoid duplication).

 

 Aalborg Uniiversitet Publications

 Trienekens, J; Hvolby, H-H; Steger-Jensen, K; Falster, P; Verdouw, C. "Review of reference models for Supply Chain Modelling". In proceedings of the APMS conference, Poland, September 2006. ISBN 837-085-971-2.

Hvolby, H-H 1; Thorstenson, A: "Focused versus diversified logistics performance measurement in small and medium-sized enterprises". In proceedings of the 11th World Congress of Total Quality Management, New Zealand, December 2006

Hvolby, Hans-Henrik; Steger-Jensen, Kenn; Gulledge, Thomas; Sommer, Ray; Sheahan, Con: "Supply Chain Integration Solutions"", Proceedings of the APMS conference, Washington DC, September 2005.

Gulledge, T; Hvolby, H-H; Sheahan, C; Sommer, R & Steger-Jensen, K. "Supply Chain Integration: State-of-the-Art, Trends and Challenges" in "Advanced Manufacturing - An ICT & Systems Perspective" edited by Taisch & Thoben), Taylor & Francis Group, 2007. s. 283-288.

Gulledge, T; Hvolby, H-H; Sheahan, C; Sommer, R & Steger-Jensen, K. "Supply Chain Integration: State-of-the-Art, Trends and Challenges" in "Advanced Manufacturing - An ICT & Systems Perspective" edited by Taisch & Thoben), Taylor & Francis, 2006 (in press).

Website
A web site for the work developed in this work package can be seen at:
http://vbn.aau.dk/research/emposme_enterprise_modeling_and_performance_optimisation_for_smes(6977387)/

 

 Univerzita Karlova v Praze Publications

Temporal models of resources

Constraint Models for Complex State Transitions
R. Barták, In Computer Assisted Mechanics and Engineering Sciences (CAMES) Journal, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 543-555, 2007.

A Constraint Model for State Transitions in Disjunctive Resources
R. Barták, O. Cepek. Recent Advances in Constraints, LNAI 4651, Springer-Verlag, 2007, pp. 48-62.

 A Constraint Model for State Transitions in Disjunctive Resources
R. Barták, O.Cepek. In Proceedings of the 11th ERCIM Workshop on Constraint Solving and Constraint Logic Programming (CSCLP 2006), pp. 217-230, 2006.

A Constraint Model for State Transitions in Disjunctive Resources
R. Barták, O.Cepek. In Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Planning and Scheduling for Space (IWPSS 2006), pp. 278-285, 2006.

Incremental Maintenance of Double Precedence Graphs: A Constraint-Based Approach
R. Barták, O.Cepek. In Proceedings of The Sixteenth International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling. (ICAPS 2006), AAAI Press, pp. 350-353, 2006.

Incremental Propagation of Time Windows on Disjunctive Resources
R. Barták. In Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Florida AI Research Society Conference (FLAIRS 2006). AAAI Press, pp. 25-30, 2006.

Integrating temporal and logical reasoning

Incremental Filtering Algorithms for Precedence and Dependency Constraints
R. Barták, O. Cepek. In International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools, to appear in April 2008.

Incremental Filtering Algorithms for Precedence and Dependency Constraints
R. Barták, O.Cepek. In Proceedings of the 18th IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI 2006). IEEE Press, 2006, pp. 416-423.

Incremental Filtering Algorithms for Precedence and Dependency Constraints
R. Barták, O.Cepek. In Proceedings of the CP 2006 Workshop on Constraint Propagation And Implementation (CPAI 2006), pp. 3-18, 2006.

Model integration

From Enterprise Models to Scheduling Models: Bridging the Gap
R. Barták, J. Little, O. Manzano, C. Sheahan. In Miguel A. Salido, Juan Fdez-Olivares (Eds.) Planning, Scheduling and Constraint Satisfaction, Universidad de Salamanca, pp. 44-56, 2007. (ISBN-13: 978-84-611-8860-4).

Temporal networks with alternatives

Nested Temporal Networks with Alternatives: Recognition and Tractability
R. Barták, O. Cepek. Applied Computing 2008 - Proceedings of 23rd Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, Volume 1, pp. 156-157, ACM, (ISBN 1-59593-753-7) to appear in March 2008.

Temporal Reasoning in Nested Temporal Networks with Alternatives
R. Barták, O. Cepek, M. Hejna. In Znalosti 2008, to appear in February 2008

Nested Temporal Networks with Alternatives
R. Barták, O. Cepek. In Hans W. Guesgen, Gerard Ligozat, Jochen Renz, Rita V. Rodriguez (Eds.): Papers from the 2007 AAAI Workshop on Spatial and Temporal Reasoning, Technical Report WS-07-12, AAAI Press, 2007, pp. 1-8 (ISBN: 978-1-57735-339-3)

Generating Implied Boolean Constraints via Singleton Consistency
R. Barták. In Abstraction, Reformulation, and Approximation (SARA 2007), LNAI 4612, Springer-Verlag, 2007, pp. 50-64.
Also in Proceedings of ERCIM Workshop on Constraint Solving and Constraint Logic Programming (CSCLP 2007), 2007, pp. 33-46.

Discovering Equivalence Classes in Precedence Graphs
R. Barták, O. Cepek, P. Surynek. In Peter Mikulecký, Jirí Dvorský, Michal Krátký (Eds.): Znalosti 2007. VŠB Ostrava, 2007, pp. 17-28 (ISBN: 978-80-248-1279-3).

Temporal Networks with Alternatives: Complexity and Model
R. Barták, O. Cepek. Proceedings of the Twentieth International Florida AI Research Society Conference (FLAIRS 2007). AAAI Press, 2007, pp. 641-646 (ISBN 978-1-57735-319-5).

Modelling Alternatives in Temporal Networks
R. Barták, O. Cepek, P. Surynek. Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Scheduling (CI-Sched 2007), IEEE Press, 2007, pp. 129-136 (ISBN: 1-4244-0698-6 )

Modelling Alternatives in Temporal Networks
R. Barták, O. Cepek, P. Surynek, Proceedings of The 25th Workshop of the UK Planning and Scheduling Special Interest Group (PlanSIG 2006), University of Nottingham, 2006, pp. 121-128.

 

   Universitaet Duisburg-Essen Publications

Jung, J., Sprenger, J.; "Enterprise Modelling in the Context of Manufacturing - Outline of an Approach Supporting Production Planning", ICB-Research Report, Institut für Informatik und Wirtschaftsinformatik (ICB), No. 23, 2008

 A web site for the work developed in this work package can be seen at:
http://4c.ucc.ie/web/projects/empo/index.html

 

 Cork Constraint Computer Centre 4C Publications

Roman Barták, James Little, Oscar Manzano, Con Sheahan: From Enterprise Models to Scheduling Models: Bridging the Gap CAEPIA 2007, Workshop on Planning, Scheduling and Constraint Satisfaction.

"Enhancing Enterprise Information with Scheduling Components" James Little, Oscar Manzano, AlfioVidotto and Roman Bartak, submitted to 10th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, 12 - 16, June 2008, Barcelona, Spain.

A web site for the work developed in this work package can be seen at: http://4c.ucc.ie/web/projects/empo/index.html