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Basic Logistics

Coordinated control of the flows of materials

The central concepts of logistics and economics are clearly linked. This course aims to teach the basic concepts and to demonstrate these relationships.

The course describes material and production management in the company's processes, a material flow of significant dimensions.

You will also get knowledge about supply chain management, from material supply to production and distribution.

Objectives: The purpose of the course is to provide you with basic skills needed to coordinate the supply, production and distribution functions in an efficient and professional manner.

Participants: This course is for you, who need a basic introduction to the subject logistics. It is for people who are working, or are about to start working with logistic issues within production planning and development, production engineering, inventory management, purchasing, sourcing and other business professionals related to the flow of materials.

Qualifications: No previous knowledge is required, but it is preferable if you have some work experience.

Training Method: Basic Logistics is a Premium course and is studied over the internet via our e-learning platform Instant education. Read more about the training method E-learning - Premium courses.

Course Length: Approximately 15 hours active study time, depending on previous knowledge. Each student has access to the course for 6 months.

Price: 339 Euro / student
376 USD / student

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271 EURO / student
301 USD / student

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Course contents:

Part 1

What is Logistics?

Logistics can be defined as the science of efficient flows.

Structuring the Flow of Material

Two ways to structure the flow of material are manufacturing planning & control, and physical supply and distribution.

Conflicts in Objectives

Often a departmental objective is maximized without considering the effect it has on other parts of the company.

Materials Management

Materials management is a coordinating function responsible for planning and controlling materials flow.

Definition of Production Systems

Overview of the basic production systems.

Manufacturing Planning and Control System

To be profitable it is essential to have a good planning and control system.

Developing Strategies into Plans

The differences between a make-to-stock and a make-to-order production plan.

Part 2

Objectives of Purchasing

Purchasing is responsible for establishing the flow of materials into the company together with the suppliers.

Selecting Suppliers

The objective of purchasing is to get all the right things together including the right supplier.

Factors in Selecting Suppliers

There are several factors in selecting a supplier.

Economic Order Quantity

One commonly used method of calculating the quantity to order.

Functions of Inventories

Inventories can be classified according to the function they perform.

Objectives of Inventory Management

The objectives a company should have if it wants to maximize profit.

Demand Management

Demand management is the function of recognizing and managing all demand for products.

Part 3

Developing a Master Production Schedule

The plan must satisfy customer demand, be within the capacity of manufacturing and be within the guidelines of the production plan.

Capacity Management

Capacity management occurs at all levels of the planning process.

Capacity Planning

The process of determining the resources required to meet the priority plan.

Resource Requirements Planning

The process of converting the production plan into the demand on key resources of the company.

Material Requirements Planning

Material requirements planning is a system used to avoid situations where parts are missing.

Bills of Material

The bill of material shows all the parts required to make one of the products.

Gross and Net Requirements

Calculating quantities to be produced or purchased.

Manufacturing Systems and Production Control

There are a variety of systems for production activity control dependent on the manufacturing process.

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