Toyota Partners with Artelys to Streamline Post-Production

Toyota Motor Europe has partnered with Artelys, an expert in numerical optimization & decision support, to enhance manufacturing processes after production

Toyota Motor Europe has been working alongside Artelys, a numerical optimisation specialist, to optimise post-production. Achieving delivery on time, while reducing lead times and CO2 emissions, is critical to Toyota Motor Europe’s distribution hubs. 

That’s why the business has been working alongside Artelys, a specialist in numerical optimisation, modelling and decision support, which used FICO technology to build a solution that optimises post-production activity – organising tens of thousands of operations on thousands of vehicles every day. 

Toyota Motor Europe looks to Artelys

Toyota was formed in 1937 in Japan and through its dedication to quality and sustainability, the company has grown to become a leading automotive manufacturer.

Toyota’s regional strategy in the area is focused on several particular areas, such as reducing carbon emissions and recycling materials, protecting biodiversity and encouraging conservation through water stewardship. This led them to earn a spot on our list for Top 10: Sustainable Manufacturers

Customers buying vehicles from Toyota retailers can add numerous options such as a navigation system, tow bar or park assist. Artelys’ solution has increased the efficiency of the distribution hubs run by Toyota Motor Europe, ensuring satisfactory delivery time to customers and reducing the carbon footprint of vehicle logistics operations.

The solution optimises the work plan at each hub, maximising the number of tasks that can be performed considering various technical and operational constraints. These constraints vary widely, from restricting vehicle movements within the facility to ensuring compliance with legal working hours for the team.

“The flexibility of FICO Xpress and Artelys Kalis was key to addressing the very specific scheduling needs of Toyota’s workshops,” explains Nicolas Omont, VP Operations at Artelys. “It’s particularly hard to design applications able to efficiently manage heterogeneous constraints and objectives and prioritise them. In addition, the software is able to manage optional flexibility by enabling potential overtime to finish high-priority tasks or diversify crews working on difficult tasks.”

FICO optimisation solves supply chain problems

User acceptance was also essential to the implementation of Artelys’ solution for Toyota Motor Europe.

Artelys showed planners they wouldn’t lose flexibility in their way of working or have a black box providing plans without being able to understand them. Planners are able to analyse the application output and understand differences from their current way of working.

The solution must solve planning every day in a few minutes to allow sufficient time for planners to validate it. In addition, it can re-optimise based on end-user manual amendments.

“This kind of optimisation will only gain in importance as manufacturers worldwide look to reduce their carbon footprint while maximising performance,” adds Alexandre Graff, VP of Global Partners & Alliances at FICO. “Artelys has demonstrated with this project and others the massive potential of using FICO optimisation to solve incredibly challenging supply chain problems.”
 

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