Production Systems and Logistics


Production Systems and Logistics have experienced significant change over the last 20 years in most industrialized and developing countries.
This has led not only to the use of new technologies based on computer science and control systems on industrial sites, but also to new approaches aimed at designing, guiding and evaluating industrial and logistic units.

The pedagogical aim of this Minor is the study of all components related to industrial productivity. It is a matter of understanding the managerial and technical concepts and tools on which these new systems rely and to prepare for their utilization, particularly during the third-year study pursued in an industrial context. This approach helps students to understand how the implementation and efficiency of such systems relies on suitably adapted industrial and logistic structures, as well as on models for the management of human resources and coherent projects.
The themes dealt with by the students and researchers in recent years have focused on the management of component flows (computer-assisted production management and just-in-time approaches), process re-engineering, global logistics, the optimization of distribution, maintenance methods and the reliability of facilities, workshop simulations, total quality approaches and factory planning.
The study of these new tools and the conditions for implementing them constitute a significant and original approach in this Minor, which focuses entirely on practical production and logistic systems.
The Production Systems and Logistics Minor relies on the experience and achievements of the engineers in the team and on external support (industrialists and consultants).


The programme of the Minor comprises three phases of teaching.
The first phase involves an introduction to the way industrial companies operate. It is a matter of representing the decision-making processes that are typical of various types of companies. Special attention is given to current trends that are analysed on the basis of the history of production systems and new forms of work organization.
The second phase comprises in-depth analyses of the design and control tools of production systems and logistics. This involves presenting systems for computer-assisted production management, systems for simulating industrial units and decision-making tools as well as logistical tools.
The teaching benefits from the contribution of acknowledged practitioners. It is supplemented by thematic visits to industrial plants (particularly on the occasion of a field trip abroad and of visits to companies).
Students’ work at the end of the third year is entirely devoted to a real-scale study directly emanating from an industrial proposition. It is conducted on a team basis and supervised by the production systems and logistics team.
This study provides an opportunity for showing how research in the field of Industrial Productivity is based on a range of technical, managerial, human and economic components.

Program Language Duration Supervisors
French 266 Hours Eric Ballot
Frdric Fontane
ECTS Credits : 42

Last modification :Wednesday March 6 2013