Production and Logistics (ABWL)

Lecture (2 SWS) and exercise/ tutorial (2 SWS) / course auf winter and summer term (1st term)

The course is an application-orientated introcution into industrial production and logistics. It deals with the most important planning topics and presents solution concepts in a structured way.


  • introduction - fundamental questions of production and logistics
  • long-term requirements of industrial production
  • infrastructure of a production system
  • operational production planning and control
  • logistics processes
  • design of production planning and control systems

Supply Chain Management and Production (Bachelor)

Plenum (2 SWS) and group work (2 SWS) / course of summer term
This course is about decision problems that are linked to the production of items. It also consinders procurement, distribution, and issues of logistics. As a value adding process, production is an essential topic in industrial companies. The goal of industrial production is to implement an economic efficient production process that meets a specific service level target. Often, an overall supply chain perspective is required that considers all activities and planning issues within the supply chain (Supply Chain Management).


  • topic 1: configuration planning of flow production
  • topic 2: concept of operational production planning
  • topic 3: Supply Network Planning – aggregated overall planning (AGGRPLAN) and production planning (HPPLAN)
  • topic 4: lot-sizing in workshops (CLSP/MLCLSP)
  • topic 5: resource planning in workshops (RCPSP)
  • topic 6: sequencing in workshops
  • topic 7: lot-sizing and resource planning in batch production (PLSP)
  • topic 8: inventory management – (s,q) and (r,S)-policies


Supply Chain Management and Production I (Structures)

Plenum (2 SWS) and group work (2 SWS) / course of winter term
The course is about long-term and medium-term issues of production companies. For example, market strategies, technology or location allocation problems are discussed. Furthermore, configuration planning issues of flow production and production centres are dealed with.


  • fundamental questions of industrial production, decision levels
  • discrete location problems
  • Lagrange-heuristics to solve Simple Plant Location Problems
  • prodcution segments, layout planning, flow production
  • configuration of flow production (deterministic conditions)
  • configuration of flow production (stochastic conditions)
  • Completion-Time-Concept; performance analysis of flow production with buffer constraints
  • performance analysis of complex flow production
  • buffer optimization
  • centre production, production cells
  • performance analysis and optimization of flexible manufacturing systems (resources and work optimization)

Supply Chain Management and Production II (Processes)

Plenum (2 SWS) and group work (2 SWS) / course of summer term
Core topic of the course is operational production planning and control. The planning issues are discussed systematically on divers planning levels. Also, the relevance of planning concepts that integrate an overall supply chain perspective are considered as well as the implementation of the concepts into the Advanced Planning Systems. Furthermore, aspects of quality control and maintenance are taken into account.


  • operational production planning and control
  • aggregated overall planning, production planning
  • operational planning in workshops (network analysis, RCPSP)
  • scheduling of one machine and series production
  • scheduling in workshops and Karmarkar’s model
  • lot-sizing and sequencing models I (ELSP, CLSP)
  • lot-sizing and sequencing models II (CLSP-L)
  • lot-sizing and sequencing models III (PLSP)
  • scheduling of clocked flow production (MMS), maintenance
  • resource plannning of flexible manufacturing systems
  • quality check (product and process control)

Supply Chain Management und Production III (Logistics of Materials and Inventory Management)

Plenum (2 SWS) and group work (2 SWS) / course of winter term
The course deals with forecasting methods to provide materials, to manage internal logistics, and to manage inventories in supply chains. Decisions in this areas have an impact on production planning. Therefore, different aspects of production planning are considred, too. The program-orientated material planning is a subproblem of lot-sizing problems. Inventory management policies consider stochastic influences of demand and lead times.


  • fundamental questions, forecasting methods (single exponential smoothing, linear regression)
  • forecasting methods (double exponential smoothing, Holt's method, time series decomposition, and Winters' method)
  • single-level dynamic lot-sizing problems (MRP-Konzept, SLULSP)
  • single-level dynamic lot-sizing problems with capacity constraints (versions of the CLSP, solution approaches)
  • multi-level multi-item lot-sizing problems (versions of the MLCLSP)
  • multi-level lot-sizing problems without capacity constraints (MLULSP, solution approaches)
  • multi-level lot-sizing problems with capacity constraints (solution approaches)
  • fundamental questions of inventory management
  • inventory management policies ((s, q) policy and (s, q) policy with periodic inventory review)
  • inventory management policies ((r, S) policy, commonality and Bullwhip effect)
  • dynamic stochastic lot-sizing problems (service levels under dynamic conditions and reaction strategies)
  • stochastic lot-sizing models (static uncertainty strategies)

Analytical modeling of production and logistic systems

Option for the base module Selected Methods for Supply Chain Management [PO 2015]

Lecture and exercise, block course in the winter semester

Methods for performance analysis of production systems are taught in this course. The impact of uncertainty in operational practice is quantified by means of stochastic models. Various performance characteristics of production systems as well as approaches for realistic visualization of production systems are presented. The theoretical concepts are illustrated with the help of exercises in production planning situations. 


  • repetition of probability theory
  • overview of selected probability distributions
  • definition and classification of stochastic processes
  • application of different queuing models

Software Systems for Supply Chain Management and Production

The course deals with concepts and methods of modern production systems and production control. To complete the module, it is required to participate in two of three courses.

Supply Chain Optimization

Module in major [PO 2007] and base module in Supply Chain Management [PO 2015]

Lecture and exercise, block course in the winter semester

The course provides an introduction to the mathematical modeling of optimization problems with a modern modeling language. The quantitative methods in Supply Chain Management are used both in science, and in operational practice for decision support. 


  • introduction to linear programming
  • introduction to the program surface and the modeling language
  • efficient modeling and problem formulation
  • modeling and flow control with a scripting language
  • application of solutions heuristics