The future of supply chain data management

Looking at the latest developments in supply chain research with Aerospace giant Boeing, including developing components with in-built intelligence which use the latest technologies to assess and manage their own service needs.


Introducing the latest developments in supply chain technology research at aerospace giant Boeing. Themes include Rapid Materials Response, the Hybrid Intelligent Supply Chain and Self-serving Assets. The self-serving assets project, developed in collaboration with the IfM's Distributed Information and Automation Lab, will be presented in detail. This exciting project uses auto-ID technologies, sensors and Artificial Intelligence software, to enable aircraft components to assess and manage their own maintenance needs. This aims to maximise the components life in service through contacting, selecting, procuring and monitoring service providers. The project aims to provide a flexible architecture that will ensure decision optimality, be customizable, and scalable as we are potentially looking into a technology that could see thousands of autonomous assets in the supply chain. The project raises various interesting research questions such as how do we ensure truthfulness in automated systems? How do we balance stakeholder goals in an asset's lifecycle? These questions help us shape the self-serving asset, which brings about a powerful technology and an operational shift in service and maintenance.


You maybe interested in:

Event: Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium, 27 and 28 September 2018

Supply chain transformation enabled by advanced technologies: implications for producers, consumers and society.

The annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium is the chance to hear from world-leading business figures and thinkers on the challenges facing modern manufacturing. It is a unique event that brings together senior industrialists and leading academics to share approaches and experiences in this strategic domain. 

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Juergen Maier, CEO, Siemens UK
  • Chris Fielden, Group Supply Chain Director, Innocent
  • Michelle Shi-Verdaasdonk, Vice President, Head of Global Manufacturing, Signify
  • Edwin de Boer, Senior Director Supply Chain Operations, Cisco
  • John Fleming, Former Executive Vice President Global Manufacturing and Labour Affairs, Ford
  • Alain Leroy, SVP GSC Strategy & Transformation, Global Supply Chain, Schneider Electric
  • Jon-Paul Sherlock, Global Technology, Strategy Director, AstraZeneca

Visit the website for more information.