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Design and Analysis of a Sustainable Multi-Objective Distribution Network Using Simulation-Based Optimisation

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Morgan Rees

Capgemini Consulting, London, UK

Qing Wang

Durham University, Durham, UK

Paper No. DETC2014-34957, pp. V004T06A022; 10 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 19th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 8th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4635-3
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


This paper examines the distribution network for a manufacturing business looking at aspects of sustainability including economic, environmental and social considerations. The problem is initially approached mathematically, then applied experimentally using a specialist software, Orion-pi. A real life business, Rettig ICC, is used as a case study to show how the theory could be applied to a practical example and would provide financial savings, reduced carbon emissions and lay the groundwork for a more ethical business strategy. The results show it will be a financially and environmentally positive move to decrease the current activity at Birtley and operate an additional smaller distribution centre at Coventry.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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