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Attributes as Expert Systems

Expert System

If you are a client of Adexa, did you know that the supply chain planning engine that are you using has an AI expert system built into it? This is uniquely due to Adexa ‘s ability to deploy attributes for every object in the supply chain and form dynamic constraints that are used in search for the optimal plan.

Expert systems are composed of a set of rules that the users train the system with. In every instance when a condition is true or an event occurs, the system examines the event and acts according to how it was trained by a human user.

Over time the system learns enough how to mold itself to the environment and grow with the organization as policies change and/or business re-shapes. The expert system rules come in the form of Boolean Expressions such as “If [conditions] Then [Actions] Else [Actions].” Conditions are defined by certain variables to be true or false and joining them by Boolean operators: AND and OR.  The following figure shows 2 examples.

Over time the system learns enough how to mold itself to the environment and grow with the organization as policies change and/or business re-shapes

IF WIP = F-Family AND Equipment = Low-speed OR Material = B-Grade

THEN       Grade-Attribute = B & Peg to Priority-Attribute = Low OR Med

ELSE        Grade-Attribute = A AND Peg to Priority-Attribute = High

 

IF Customer= Luxtronics OR Customer-Priority = High AND Region NA

THEN Material-Content ≠ Lead AND Supplier = S123

Such rules are then honored in the search process pegging demands to available supplies. The key benefits to note are the following:

  • The system constantly adapts to the supply chain as the environment changes
  • Dynamic constraints can be introduced by the users without having to re-program the system
  • Over time the system can learn more and make plans independently
  • System can react in real-time to events as needed, thus performing event-driven continuous planning

It should be noted that in our approach, attributes are an inherent part of the system architecture. They are not separate from the system but they are used to define the environment accurately at every step of the supply chain. This includes, suppliers, equipment, products, machinery, WIP inventory, FG inventory, regions, product life cycles and so on. This type of flexibility allows the model of the supply chain to be defined very closely to the environment it represents. Hence accurate modeling of the supply chain can be accomplished; which is the first step to digitalization of your supply chain. Learn more about Attributes and their other benefits including drastic SKU reduction and fast implementation Here.

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