650,000 in research grants for TU/e School of Industrial Engineering

In three new projects granted by Dinalog, TU/e’s School of Industrial Engineering will receive about 650,000 euros in subsidies. A total of three new postdocs and 2 designer-trainees will appointed to conduct the research work.

Integrated Maintenance and Service Logistics Concepts for Maritime Assets (MaSeLMa)
In the maritime sector, service logistics support and maintenance of systems constitute a significant fraction of the exploitation costs, due to the complexity and high capital value of the assets used in this sector and the highly variable and mostly severe operating conditions. This project focuses on developing innovative concepts to improve the predictability of maintenance and service logistics demand on the one hand, and developing smart concepts of service logistics optimization, supply chain coordination and cooperation on the other hand. In that way, the project aims at increasing the service logistics efficiency for these maritime assets. The project is lead by Gordian Logistics Experts (owned by TU/e graduate Jan-Willem Rustenburg), and TU/e’s Dr Tarkan Tan participates in the project. The total budget for the prroject is 2.4 million, including 60% co-funding, and TU/e will receive about 2.2k euros. Other participants include University of Twente, Netherlands Defence Academy, Royal Netherlands Navy, Damen, Thales, Imtech, Oliveira, Alewijnse, Pon Power, and Seamar.

Supply Chain Finance 2.0
In a globalising economy, industrial value chains become more complex.  While goods flows in the chain are increasingly integrated and optimised, information and financial flows have been fragmented.  With respect to post-shipment financing, Supply Chain Finance (SCF) applications such as reverse factoring have shown that a collaborative approach can create significant value for corporations and SMEs alike.  This research project examines new SCF models and tools that extend the collaborative approach to the realm of pre-shipment financing.  These new models all involve the financing of transactions that are inherently more risky than the ones now addressed by reverse factoring, but where the potential gains are even greater.  These applications will allow firms to facilitate capital flows and manage the associated risks, thereby generating value and enhancing the durability of their supply chains. The project is lead by Nyenrode Business University, and TU/e Dr Matthew Reindorp and Dr Arun Chockalingam participate in the project. The total budget for the project is 2 million euros, including 50% co-funding, and TU.e will receive about 3.2k euros. Other participants include ASML, DHL, Heineken, Philips, ASYX, Involvation, and TradeWiz.

Design of LNG Networks
In the transition towards low-carbon emitting fuels, LNG will play a large role in the transport sector. The truck and barge fleet will gradually be converted to LNG engines, and a network of stations will need to be designed. In this project, methodologies to design and operate such a network will be developed. The project is lead by the University of Groningen, and TU/e’s Professor Tom van Woensel participates in the project. The total budget for the project is 1.25 million euros, including 50% co-funding, and TU/e will receive about 1k euros. Other participants include Gasunie, Vopak, Groningen Seaports, Stichting Energy Valley, Jan de Rijk Logistics, Feederlines, IMS, GDF Suez, Oliehandel Klaas de Boer, Ecos Energy B.V. Stichting Ubbo Emmius Fonds, and Nationaal LNG Platform.