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A novel way of supplying sugar-beets to the Suiker Unie

Vos, M. (2008) A novel way of supplying sugar-beets to the Suiker Unie. Master's Thesis / Essay, Industrial Engineering and Management.

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Every year the Suiker Unie executes a so-called beet campaign in order to transport sugar-beets to the factory. Beetgrowing farmers are located in different regions from which a transport organization moves the beets to the factory by trucks. This supply continues 6.5 days a week, with the exception of Sunday afternoon. Once the beets have arrived at the factory, they are put on stock waiting to be processed. This stock acts as a buffer, which is controlled by adjusting the time gap on Sunday afternoon. The Suiker Unie is interested in moving to a 24/7 supply scheme and thus a new method for the control of the buffer of sugar-beets on the factory site should be developed. This research therefore aims at setting up such a control strategy that will work in a 24/7 supply situation. It starts with the development of two mathematical models used to analyze the logistical process of supplying sugar-beets. These models provide insights into the relationship between different parameters. Furthermore, they serve as an input for a simulation model that is developed. The research is a first step to a more quantitative approach in setting up the beet campaign.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Industrial Engineering and Management
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:28
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:28

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