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Title: Product lifecycle optimization by application of process mining
Language: English
Authors: Meßner, Marco 
Dirnberger, Johannes 
Editor: Kersten, Wolfgang 
Blecker, Thorsten 
Ringle, Christian M.  
Keywords: Logistics;Industry 4.0;Digitalization;Innovation;Supply Chain Management;Artificial Intelligence;Data Science
Issue Date: 23-Sep-2020
Publisher: epubli
Source: Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 29: 295-315 (2020)
Part of Series: Proceedings of the Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 
Volume number: 29
Abstract (english): 
Purpose: Active product life cycle management contributes to supply chain optimi-zation. However, in nowadays industry the high number of variants and backward loops complicate tracing the entire product lifecycle in an ERP system. Conse-quently, product lifecycle and corresponding process-organizational optimizations are difficult to implement using established analysis. The aim is to challenge process mining as an alternative to address these aspects. Methodology: This paper, therefore, applies process mining to the ERP data of a component manufacturer in the metalworking industry. For this purpose, optimiza-tion potentials are derived from a literature research and subsequently validated by the application of process mining. Thereby, the data sample comprises 202 products with 15,000 corresponding activities, which were accumulated in the period 2017 to 2019. Findings: Process mining reveals the product lifecycles and allows to take different analysis perspectives, such as a market or product category view. Firstly, potentials in a variant-driven business for PLM will be elaborated. Secondly, process-organiza-tional recommendations for the product management are developed. Thus, this pa-per offers a concrete approach to mapping and analyzing the product lifecycle by application of process mining. Originality: On the one hand, current analysis tools used in ERP systems merely as-sess the products actual status. On the other hand, PLM systems are regarded as costly due to the complexity but also a continuous process view is not its main focus. Nevertheless, there is little literature on alternatively using process mining in this context.
Conference: Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 2020 
DOI: 10.15480/882.3127
ISBN: 978-3-753123-46-2
ISSN: 2365-5070
Document Type: Chapter/Article (Proceedings)
License: CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0) CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0)
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