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LOGISTICS OPTIMIZATION SOLUTIONS

With advanced degrees in operations research and logistics management, MSI has the skill and experience to design and transform the most complex of logistical scenarios.  Our staff are experts in various logistical analysis and optimization methods such as simulation, linear programming, queuing, inventory optimization, Just In Time, Lean, and various shortest path/optimization methods.  We have designed and improved global logistics programs in various industries including food service, energy, telecom, manufacturing, and defense.

MSI uses a total life cycle and systems thinking approach to logistics optimization. Our approach addresses the total life cycle and full cost of logistics. We apply activity base costing principles to understanding and managing cost while ensuring quality and alignment with bigger picture strategy using Lean and other optimization methods. MSI's logistics consultants are highly experienced professionals with decades of experience in various industries. From the improvement of your MRO line to the global distribution of perishables, MSI has the ability to design and optimize your logistics program.

TOTAL LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT (TLCM)

Total Life Cycle Management is a management concept encouraged within industry and Government.  As a thought leader in the advancement of management practices, MSI is on the forefront of ongoing development and implementation of total life cycle management practices.  MSI has developed product life cycle and total life cycle management solutions for industry and Government for over ten years. Today, this approach to management is a driving force in Government. 

What is Total Life Cycle Management? 

  • In industry, product lifecycle management (PLM) is the process of managing the entire life cycle of a product from its conception, through design and manufacture, to service and disposal.  PLM integrates people, data, processes and business systems and provides a product information backbone for companies and their extended enterprise.
  • In the Department of Defense, TLCM is broken into enterprise level E-TLCM (what industry would call strategic or macro) and systems level TLCSM (what industry would call lines of business).  High level guidance for DoD TLCM can be found within the DoD Directive 5000.02.  Each branch of service has expanded upon DoD 5000.02 to implement this management approach, with varied degrees of success.
  • The TLCM approach incorporates a balanced set of total life cycle metrics and concerns from product inception through disposal such that new products are designed and manufactured for optimal total ownership cost and performance to specifications throughout its entire life cycle.
  • TLCM brings sales, marketing, support, manufacturing, and design experts together in the design, manufacturing, and support processes such that each can learn best practices to apply within their area of expertise.
  • TLCM should provide incentives to stakeholders from all phases for meeting total life cycle cost and performance metrics
  • The TLCM approach does not require a particular management structure (e.g. matrix, bureaucratic, chain of command).
  • The TLCM approach is typically applied to product or materiel related lines of business
  • The TLCM approach requires strong leadership and the ability for the departments or divisions within the value chain to work collaboratively for a common set of goals

Although some services have developed detailed checklists and guides (Ref: USAF Knee Pad Checklist), no unified body of knowledge reaching a tactical level of detail exists.

Goals of TLCM

  • Ensure end users of products and services receive what they need, when they need it and that what they receive is optimized in terms of performance, cost, and sustainability/maintenance.
  • To ensure products and service life-cycles are targeted to meet customer needs for existing and future products while minimizing waste, disposal costs, and decommissioning of fully functional yet outdated products. (in other words, don’t design stuff to last twenty years when it will only be needed for five.)
  • Drive innovation and engineering rigor into all phases of the product life-cycle
  • Optimize the balance between macro and micro systems engineering and operational performance
  • Drive collaboration and unity of effort among all participants in the product life-cycle