Utilising Digital Twins for Increasing Military Supply Chain Visibility

Sani, Shehu, Schaefer, Dirk and Milisavljevic-Syed, Jelena (2022) Utilising Digital Twins for Increasing Military Supply Chain Visibility. In: 19th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR) 2022, 6-8 September, 2022, Derby, UK.

Utilising Digital Twins for Increasing Military Supply Chain Visibility
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The dynamic and complex nature of the military supply chain (MSC) requires effective monitoring of
supplies and timely decisions to ensure success in combat operations, particularly in the face of unexpected
disruptions such as inclement weather conditions and terrorist attacks. Although, existing technologies such as
RFIDs, Next-Generation Wireless Communication (NGWC) and RuBees are applied MSC, they are not sufficient
in ensuring end-to-end visibility across the entire SC. However, digital technologies such as the internet of things,
cloud computing, Application Programming Interface (APIs), machine learning, augmented and virtual reality, big
data, analytics and pervasive computing play a critical role in improving visibility to ensure effective SC
management. Hence, the introduction of the concept of digital twin enabled by these technologies creates a digital
replica of the whole supply chain operations, ensuring adequate end-to-end visibility through real-time data that
ensures effective tracking, monitoring and reporting of all SC activities. The focus of this paper is to explore the
enabling technologies of digital twin and its implementation to achieve end-to-end visibility in the military supply
chain. In this paper, the authors identify the digital twin's tracking and monitoring capability, which will improve
supply chain management by enabling a cycle of continuous adjustment of the SC against unexpected disruptions.

Keywords:Supply chain management, Industry 4.0, Digital Twins
Subjects:H Engineering > H711 Manufacturing Systems Design
Divisions:College of Science > School of Engineering
ID Code:50348
Deposited On:09 Feb 2023 08:40

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