Technology

Supply Chain and Scheduling Optimization

Many apparently intractable supply chain and scheduling problems are not as hard to solve as they appear to be – when you turn them into a mathematical model. In fact, expressing problems as mathematical models opens the door to achieving major efficiency, service and other gains. Quickly.

Powerful mathematical modeling
The first step to solving a logistical or scheduling problem, or simply streamlining the way you already work, is to identify the decision variables – the things that can change. Next is to define the constraints you want to set based on those variables. Finally you translate each variable into a cost and run a solver program that lets you maximize or minimize your costs, or set them anywhere in between, by changing constraints and variables until you achieve your ideal balance.

AIMMS modeling and optimization
If this sounds complicated, it’s because it is. But luckily there are programs and tools that make it far easier than you might fear. At ORTEC Consulting Group we use an industry-leading software application framework called AIMMS that has been designed for modeling optimization and scheduling problems. We are an official AIMMS partner.

Don’t lose sight of the big picture
The benefit of AIMMS is that it allows you to work at a higher level of abstraction than alternative systems. This makes it easier to see the big picture where other modelers overwhelm you with detail. AIMMS also works with a variety of leading solver programs, including CPLEX, Gurobi, MOSEK, CBC, and CP Optimizer.

Your own custom modeling and solving solution
A further advantage of AIMMS is that it makes it easy to build customer solutions with a simple-to-use graphical user interface. Furthermore, it is incredibly easy to iteratively tweak the model and user interface easy, so making it possible for your domain expert to collaborate closely with our consultants.

Choose an AIMMS solution when you want to:
  • Model and optimize your supply chain, production, and workforce requirements
  • Model and solve your problem in one seamless process
  • Visualize your data and see the impact of different changes on the fly
  • Continually optimize your processes with easy-to-use software
  • Benefit from optional hosting allowing enterprise-wide use
  • Improve your decision-making capabilities and gain an edge

Learn more about the ORTEC approach

Contact us to learn more about our unique, quantitative approach. We'd be delighted to answer any questions you have and to discuss your particular business challenges.