At the TUM Heilbronn Campus, we congratulate our first doctoral researcher, Florian Sachs from the Center for Digital Transformation, on receiving his Ph.D.!
In his dissertation titled Integrated planning of unreliable flow lines with limited buffer capacities and spare parts provisioning, Florian Sachs analyzed unreliable production systems. He quantified the potential savings of an integrated planning approach in which spare parts inventory and production system setup are planned simultaneously – instead of sequentially, as in the past. He was the first to perform such a joint analysis and found that spare parts tend to be more effective when located at or near the center of the production system. In addition, he showed that the use of standardized components provides substantial cost savings.
“The TUM Campus Heilbronn, with our team's distinct expertise and internationality, provided me with an excellent environment for my Ph.D. In addition, the workshops at our campus offered me numerous opportunities to meet outstanding international researchers and discuss impactful research collaborations,” says Florian Sachs.
Prof. Gudrun Kiesmüller, Professor for Operations Management and Center Director at the Center for Digital Transformation, supervised Florian Sachs’ thesis. “Florian Sachs did an excellent doctoral thesis and, similar to our Center, has grown with the challenges. I wish him all the best for the next steps in his professional career”, she states.
A big thank you also goes to Prof. Geert-Jan van Houtum, Professor of Maintenance and Reliability at Technical University Eindhoven, who acted as a second reviewer and was part of the committee as well.
Florian Sachs will continue his scientific career and become an assistant professor for Supply Chain Analytics at the University of Cologne in spring 2023. Congratulations on this as well! We wish you all the very best and continued success!
Excerpts from Florian Sachs’ dissertation have already been published in separate papers: