Maturity-based development policies for increasing logistics performance in production networks for the production of large-scale products

Theme XXL products, Production planning
Project title Maturity-based development policies for increasing logistics performance in production networks for the production of large-scale products (LORG)
Project duration 01.04.2011 – 31.03.2013
Press release
The objective of the research project LORG is to create a maturity based development policy. With this policy the logistical maturity within production networks of XXL-products can be increased. To assess the logistical performance of the network partners – based on the Capability Maturity Model – maturity key dimensions (e.g. logistical process capability/safety, responsiveness) were summarized. With the aim to identify a path of systematic development of the logistical performance of the cooperation partners, key performance indicators have been assigned to the maturity key dimensions. The development policy summarizes the recommendations for the improvement of the logistical maturity and supports companies with the implementation in practice.

Publications about the project

The range of structure sizes for industrial products produced today is increasingly expanding. This trend is evident in both small-scale (e.g. semiconductor applications) and large-scale (e.g. wind turbine rotors) products. While definitions already exist for smaller scale device structures, the conceptual distinction between conventional large products and large scale products is currently insufficient. In this study, we present a potential basis for the definition of large scale products. To achieve this, we derive hypotheses and examine these in the context of an empirical study using the examples of several sample products. It is shown that the transition from conventional products to large scale products is characterized by a disproportionate increase in product costs due to the augmentation of a characteristic product feature. Eventually we derive a proposed definition which characterizes large scale products in the field of production engineering.

xxl-product, large-scale, xxl, definition

In general, XXL-Products consist of many different parts which are often individually produced using various manufacturing technologies. Companies collaborate in production networks while focusing on their core competencies. In order to realize an evaluation and improvement of the network’s logistical maturity level and thus the logistical efficiency, a maturity-level-based development guideline is needed.

supply chain management, supplier evaluation, production networks, logistical performance, maturity


The project no. 11.2-76221-99-2/10 was part of the joint research project Innovations for the manufacturing of large scale products funded by the Ministry for the Economy, Labour and Transport of Lower Saxony and the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economics, Construction, Transport and Digitalization.

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