Title

Management of supplies and movements of tank containers in chemical logistics

Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

11-2005

Abstract

Effective logistics is the key to improving supply chain performance. Tank containers are attractive from the viewpoints of safety, cost, and environment, and are widely used for transporting fluid chemicals. Minimizing the logistics costs arising from the container flow imbalances across the globe and container cleaning is a major issue that chemical companies and affiliated third-party logistics firms face routinely. In contrast to dry containers, this important problem of managing tank containers in global chemical logistics has received no attention. In this paper, we present an innovative, event-based, "pull" approach for the minimum-cost or the maximum-profit scheduling of the transport and cleaning of multi-product tank containers (loaded and empty) given a set of projected shipment orders. We develop and illustrate through examples a novel linear programming formulation that successfully solves large, industrially relevant problems.

Discipline

Operations and Supply Chain Management | Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Industrial Engineering

Research Areas

Operations Management

Publication

2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase: 05 AIChE: Conference Proceedings: Cincinnati, OH

First Page

3933

Last Page

3940

ISBN

9780816909964

Publisher

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

City or Country

New York

Additional URL

http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780816909964

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