MEDIFAS Mission Statement
European industry today faces a high level of regional and
international competition. This is also the situation in the Mediterranean
area. Several factors define an industrial company's
competitiveness including industrial area development, energy and
environmental issues, new product development time, production lead
time, flexibility in responding to variability in demand volume,
quality, price, responsiveness to customer delivery requirements,
other logistics problems, and management and control of state-of-the-art processes and technologies.
In each case, the company's ability
to respond to these factors depends critically on the capability of
its industrial / logistics organisation and its environmental awareness.
It is becoming increasingly evident that resources are limited in extent, and
alternative methods for the transformation of resources need therefore to be evaluated by an increasingly sophisticated and accurate methodology.
A group of professors from different European universities
established MEDIFAS to get together researchers from engineering disciplines, in particular the fields
of Industrial Engineering and Production Economics, in order to develop and to
disseminate knowledge developed in MEDIFAS in the Mediterranean area and from here all
over the world.
Researchers at MEDIFAS are developing a coherent
set of methodologies, computer-aided tools, and experiments to
design, analyse and improve production and logistics systems often
embedded in a spatially well-defined environment, being exposed to
risk and uncertainty. These include: Risk control; An integrated
approach to modelling, analysis and simulation of flexible systems
to answer questions related to production and distribution location,
equipment and process selection, product lot sizing and flow design;
Computerised tools to design and optimise supply chain; Simulation
tools to design and evaluate flexible supply chain cells;
Methodologies for systems and product design, Methodologies for
industrial real estate location analysis, which influence
manufacturing systems that are more economical to analyse, control,
The Research Group is offering projects, skills and
expertise necessary to compete successfully in production and
supply systems, especially in the global environment, together with a mehodology for analysing and controlling
risks. Location analysis and human resource evaluation in
global supply systems are also included in the fundamental analysis of
production and supply chains.
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