Anticipatory network
planning in the
automotive industry

The Client

The BMW Group manufactures premium vehicles within an internationally active and complex network. It manufactures its own vehicles at its own locations and distributes these worldwide. The complexity of the production network mainly results from mutual dependencies, high vertical integration and the Group’s aspiration to exploit available resources as best as possible.

Forecasts

Determination of optimal
production quantities on the basis of past values.

Extensive interfaces to the existing
IT infrastructure.

Interfaces

Optimality

Creation of mathematically optimal plans taking into account all cross-dependencies.

Calculation and presentation of alternative courses of action (what-if analyses).

What-if

Optimization of a complex network with many cross-dependencies based on state-of-the-art mathematical models.

Executive Summary

OPTANO GmbH has successfully developed and introduced a versatile network planning and optimization system for the BMW Group. Following an initial conception phase (OR Analysis) and the modeling of the IT system (OR Model), the software was able to be implemented precisely to specifications (OR System).

The integral conception made it possible to import essential planning steps into the software and thus optimally support the planning process. Simultaneously, optimal integration of this highly complex software into the existing IT-landscape was ensured.

The project was concluded successfully in close collaboration with the client and all quality standards were met.

A highly complex task involving a wide range of issues.
Deployment embedded modern optimization and data processing algorithms.

The Challenge

Planning a network is a highly complex task involving a wide range of issues. Efficient algorithms are necessary in order to evaluate information from several hundred thousand datasets precisely and ,above all, rapidly.

Furthermore, it was also important to combine the requirements of the client’s various planning areas and to develop a solution which would cater to everybody’s needs.

The Procedure

OPTANO, in close collaboration with the BMW Group project managers, managed the specification process, the development of the IT solution and monitored the technical support of the software installation. Our OR specialists were responsible for:

  • conducting an in-depth analysis of the actual situation as well as the available data sources and the desired costs
  • planning the “target” process
  • visualizing planning issues in mathematical models
  • creating the software architecture
  • implementing the features
  • managing the agile development process
  • compiling software
  • documentation for users and IT experts
The development was done in close coordination with all involved departments of the customer and the project managers.
OPTANO uses state-of-the-art optimization and data processing algorithms.

The Technology

The software was developed in accordance with the client’s requirements and embedded modern optimization and data processing algorithms. The data is stored on a highly efficient database. During implementation the choice of efficient components and efficiency were the main priority:

  • The storage of very extensive timeline data
  • The creation of components to display several million datafields in the GUI
  • The development of an efficient model generator to create variables and restrictions of the optimization model

The Results

In order to optimize the planning situation, OPTANO introduced a versatile planning and optimization system. This encompasses, among others, the following features:

  • A review of the demand data
  • Visualization of the entire production network and markets
  • Capacity management and capacity restriction plannning
  • Determining optimal production quantities
  • Determining flexibility and the calculation of alternative strategies (what-if analyses)
  • Evaluations based on KPIs and detailed reports
  • Data preparation and its transfer to future IT-systems


The OPTANO solution is now deployed as a leading system in network planning

 

The project achieved the following:

  • Standardizing differing requirements in various planning areas of the Group and transferring them to a standard mathematical model
  • The integration of processes for data preparation, optimization/planning and data transmission in a software
  • Determining flexibility and alternative strategies in a random number of complex network configurations
OPTANO offers a versatile planning and optimization system.

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