Calls for papers


International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation
International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation


Special Issue on: "Modelling of Integrated Production Systems"

Guest Editors:
Dr. M. Saravanan, VPV College of Engineering, India
Dr. Katri Valkokari, VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland
Mr. P. Subramanian, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Dr. R. Rajesh, Noorul Islam University, India

Increasing expectations of present day customers regarding the quality and variety of produced goods are becoming more and more critical on the market. With fast-changing tendencies in the market, the lifecycle of a product is constantly getting shorter, and the attention of manufacturers is slowly turning to competition and exploration of new markets in which to sell goods.

All of this necessitates the introduction of changes to the organisation of production process, through the launch of automation, computer aid in design works and management, and the development of modern multi-stand machining and production systems. Production systems represent knowledge in the form of facts and rules, and there is almost always a sharp syntactic distinction between the two. The facts usually correspond to ground instances of logical formulas, i.e. they correspond to predicate symbols applied to constant expressions. A significant number of companies have incorporated closer integration of their customers with their production systems as a key part of their quest for competitiveness. To this end, companies are implementing various systems. Modelling of integrated production system is a current research trend and various researchers have started to contribute to this field.

The main focus of this special issue is on the application of modelling and optimisation in solving various issues in integrated production systems. The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Modeling, Optimisation and Computing (ICMOC 2012; 10th and 11th April 2012, jointly organised by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Noorul Islam University, India and the Management School, University of Sheffield, UK). However, we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit papers for this call.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Modelling and optimisation methods
  • Mathematical models of technical systems
  • Concepts of modelling technology
  • Verbal and conceptual descriptions of discrete production systems
  • Optimisation modelling and simulation of organisational and technological structures
  • Operational planning and scheduling in production systems
  • Algorithmic description of production systems
  • Queuing systems
  • Queuing networks
  • Petri nets
  • Mathematical modelling of production systems
  • Performance analysis
  • Bottleneck identification and elimination
  • Continuous improvement by workforce and buffer capacity reallocation
  • Lean buffering design
  • Product quality, rework, and quality inspection
  • Customer demand satisfaction
  • Transients of production lines
  • Industrial systems configurations
  • Industrial production processes classification
  • Performance measures and analysis of production systems
  • Process production plants
  • Industrial production systems: fabrication
  • Group technology
  • Industrial production systems: assembly
  • Material flow analysis
  • TOC in manufacturing systems
  • Dynamics of manufacturing systems
  • Measuring variability of manufacturing processes
  • Taming turbulences in manufacturing systems

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Manuscript submission: 1 July, 2012

Notification of initial decision: 1 August, 2012

Submission of revised manuscript: 1 September, 2012

Notification of final acceptance: 1 October, 2012

Submission of final revised paper: 1 November, 2012