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Enterprise Systems Engineering

At CESE, we use the knowledge generated in research to provide high value-added niche services to industrial enterprises in areas such as Manufacturing Systems Design, Manufacturing Systems Planning and Management, Collaborative Platforms, Supply Chain Strategy, Manufacturing Intelligence or Construction Information Management.

Our mission is to advance the scientific knowledge in enterprise systems engineering, fostering high impact management and ICT systems, and generating innovative services for industrial organisations.

We want to be recognised as a leading research centre in enterprise systems engineering and as a first choice in helping industrial organisations to achieve sustainable, high-performance levels.

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Industry and Innovation

INESC TEC team contributes to the publication of “The MANTIS Book”

The book “The MANTIS Book - Cyber Physical System Based Proactive Collaborative Maintenance” was published in January 2019 with the results of the MANTIS project, which had INESC TEC's Centre for Enterprise Systems Engineering (CESE) as one of its partners and that ended in September 2018.

23rd January 2019

The project that intended to implement Industry 4.0 technologies in European SMEs has come to an end

The closing meeting of the BEinCPPS project – Business Experiments in Cyber-Physical Production Systems was held in Brussels on 12 December. It aimed at promoting the implementation of cyber-physical production systems in Small and Medium-Sized enterprises (SME).

04th January 2019

INESC TEC’s work on the better use of forest biomass for energy production

A team of INESC TEC’s Centre for Enterprise Systems Engineering (CESE) has been deepening aspects related to the optimisation of forest biomass supply chain.

21st December 2018

Industry and Innovation

INESC TEC’s new project develops intelligent logistics systems

Tec-FEL - Logistics 4.0: Technologies for flexible and eco-efficient logistics is the name of the new project led by INESC TEC.

20th December 2018

Industry and Innovation

INESC TEC collaborator in the winning team of the biggest strategy and management competition

Luís Filipe Valente, researcher of INESC TEC’s Centre for Enterprise Systems Engineering (CESE), coordinates the team that won the Global Marketing Competition, also composed by Maria João Campos and Bruno Silva. They won a EUR 6 000 award and also an MBA for each one of the team members.

13th December 2018

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Featured Projects

DIVA

Boosting innovative DIgitech Value chains for Agrofood, forestry and environment

2018-2021

NewShoeFactory

Estudo e conceção de modelo organizacional e operacional de uma nova unidade industrial para produção de calçado

2018-2018

RTDT

Real Time Dispatch Tool

2018-2018

PERS_TOMI

Prestação de Serviços para desenvolvimento de um algoritmo de recomendação PERS como serviço PERSaaS , PERSoff, PERStune e PERSboard

2017-2019

MANUFACTUR4.0

Desenvolvimento e implementação de tecnologias inteligentes e inovadoras nos setores industriais naval e metalomecânico

2017-2019

SimBoF

SimBoF - Simulation model of the BoF production system

2017-2017

SilosL

Plano de ação para a excelência peracional do sistema logístico

2017-2017

ScalABLE4.0

Scalable automation for flexible production systems

2017-2020

BIOTECFOR

Bionegócios e Tecnologia para a valorização eficiente dos recursos florestais endógenos no Norte de Portugal e Galiza

2017-2019

GOTECFOR

Tecnologia para a mobilização e aproveitamento de Biomassa Florestal na agroindústria

2017-2020

NODES

Network engineering systems in uncertainty contexts

2010-2013

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Laboratories

Laboratory of Industrial Robotics and Automation

Publications

CESE Publications

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2018

Multicriteria location-routing problems with sectorization

Authors
Martinho, A; Alves, E; Rodrigues, AM; Ferreira, JS;

Publication
Springer Proceedings in Mathematics and Statistics

Abstract
Logistic decisions involving the location of facilities in connection with vehicle routing appear in many contexts and applications. Given a set of potential distribution centers (DC) and a group of clients, the choice of which DC to open together with the design of a number of vehicle routes, satisfying clients’ demand, may define Location-Routing Problems (LRP). This paper contributes with a new method, the 4-Phase Method (4-PhM), to deal with Capacitated LRP. Relevant advantages of 4-PhM are its generality, the possibilities of handling Multiple-Criteria and of facing large dimension problems. This last aptitude is a consequence of the sectorization phases, which permit a simplification of the solution space. Sectors are constructed by two Simulated Annealing based procedures, and they follow SectorEl, a sectorization approach inspired by electrostatics. In the last phase, the results obtained are evaluated using multicriteria analysis. Here, decision makers play an important role by reflecting preferences in a pairwise comparison matrix of the Analytic Hierarchy Process. Computational results, based on randomly generated instances, confirm the expectations about 4-PhM and its potentiality to deal with LRP. © Springer International Publishing AG 2018.

2018

Balancing mixed-model assembly systems in the footwear industry with a variable neighbourhood descent method

Authors
Sadeghi, P; Rebelo, RD; Ferreira, JS;

Publication
COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING

Abstract
This paper addresses new Mixed-model Assembly Line Balancing Problems (MALBP) in a real industrial context, the stitching systems of a footwear company. The work is part of large ongoing projects with this industry, and the main purposes are minimising the number of required workstations and smoothing the operators' workload. The company has invested in new flexible automated assembly systems, which accommodate dozens of workstations and many moving boxes. Footwear components are inside boxes (with various quantities) which can move from the warehouses to a convenient workstation or between any workstations (in any order). This is a significant and distinct feature of the MALBP, together with the fact that the assignment of different skilled operators and machines is achieved simultaneously. An optimisation model is developed, in part to facilitate the understanding of the situation and to solve small-size instances. Due to the complexity of the problems, we had to devise an approximate method, based on the Variable Neighbourhood Descent (VND) metaheuristic and integrating an adaptation of the Ranked Positional Weighted (RPW) method. The adapted RPW method is used to create initial feasible solutions, while preassigning special operators and machines. After choosing good initial solutions, VND is applied to improve their quality. The new contributed method, named as RPW-VNDbal, is tested with medium and large instances, in two distinct stitching systems. A Lower Bound of the objective function and Simulation contribute to evaluate the solutions and their practicability. The results implemented by the project team, show that the RPW-VNDbal method is fast enough and offers better solutions than those implemented by the experienced operation managers of the company.

2018

Enhancement of Industrial Logistic Systems with Semantic 3D Representations for Mobile Manipulators

Authors
Toscano, C; Arrais, R; Veiga, G;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Abstract
This paper proposes a logistic planner with supplementary 3D spatial representations to enhance and interact with traditional logistic systems on the context of mobile manipulators performing internal logistics operations. By defining a hierarchical structure, the logistic world model, as the central entity synchronized between multiple system components, the reliability and accuracy of the logistic system is strengthened. The proposed approach aims at implementing a robust and intuitive solution for the set-up of mobile manipulator based logistic systems. The logistic planner includes a web based interface for fast setup of the warehouse layout based on robot sensing, as well as the definition of missions for the fleet of robotic systems. © Springer International Publishing AG 2018.

2018

A Study in Pairwise Clustering for Bi-dimensional Irregular Strip Packing Using the Dotted Board Model

Authors
Sato, AK; Setter Bauab, GES; Martins, TD; Guerra Tsuzuki, MDG; Gomes, AM;

Publication
IFAC-PapersOnLine

Abstract
The bi-dimensional irregular strip packing is a difficult problem in the cutting and packing field. Its main feature, and central source of complexity, is the irregularity of the shape of the items. Consequently, mathematical solvers are only able to obtain optimal solutions for small instances and heuristics are often employed in the literature. In such algorithms, it is not possible to guarantee that the optimum solution is found. In such cases, a restricted version of the problem can be adopted in order to improve the performance. One possible restriction is the adoption of pairwise clustering, i.e., elimination of items by joining two pieces. In this work, an automatic pairwise clustering method is proposed for the dotted board model, which limits the placement of items to equally distributed discrete points. The clustered problems are then used as input to an irregular strip packing solver. The results obtained in this paper can be used as an initial guideline for the use of clustering in a discrete grid, which was beneficial in some of the tested cases. © 2018

2018

Hybrid modelling of MTO/ETO manufacturing environments for performance assessment

Authors
Barbosa, C; Azevedo, A;

Publication
International Journal of Production Research

Abstract

Supervised Theses

2017

Definição e Mapeamento do Processo de Industrialização na Produção de Autocarros

Author
Tiago Gil da Rocha Marques e Barbieri de Figueiredo

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Análise de Variabilidade num Processo Industrial de Produção de Bolachas

Author
Ana Fátima Maia Carneiro

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Criação de Fluxo numa Indústria de Passamanarias

Author
Bárbara João Traqueia Labrincha Batista

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Reorganização do processo de paletização numa indústria do ramo alimentar

Author
Marcelo Conde Pinto Arcanjo

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Criação de fluxo na indústria de extrusão de alumínio

Author
Maria João Santos Tavares

Institution
UP-FEUP

Facts & Figures

12R&D Employees

2016

295National R&D Programmes (k€)

2016

23Senior Researchers

2016