Optimal configuration of assembly supply chains based on Hybrid augmented Lagrangian coordination in an industrial cluster

T. Qu, D. X. Nie, C. D. Li, Matthias Thürer, George Q. Huang

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Industrial cluster is becoming an ever more important cost-effective industry development mode especially when enterprises are required to give more rapid responses to the frequently changed customized demands. The explosive number of homogeneous enterprises/suppliers with geographic proximity provides multiple options for each supply chain stage, which thus leads to higher potential to form a more satisfactorily performed assembly supply chain (assembly system) in industrial clusters. However, the increased candidate options also incur inevitably higher decision complexity to the decision model of configuring such cluster supply chains. The situation may be more challenging if the autonomous decision requirement of individual suppliers is accommodated. A general assembly cluster supply chain configuration (ACSCC) model is established which considers both horizontally and vertically collaborations in a cluster, meaning it accommodates the typical cluster relationships including subcontracting and outsourcing. In order to achieve the complexity reduction and autonomy protection, a newly emerged decomposition-based solution method named augmented Lagrangian coordination (ALC) will be adopted. Especially, two classical ALC formulation variants named the centralized coordination formulation and the distributed coordination formulation are innovatively integrated to form a hybrid ALC solution strategy, which deals with different assembly branches with different alliancing structures. Experimental results have proved the effectiveness of the proposed hybrid ALC method for the ACSCC problem. From the perspective of supply chain management, a set of sensitivity analysis for profit of each collaborative enterprise is conducted to obtain some important managerial insights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-525
Number of pages15
JournalComputers and Industrial Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Hybrid Augmented Lagrangian coordination
  • Industrial cluster
  • Multidisciplinary design optimization
  • Supplier selection
  • Supply chain configuration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Engineering


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