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Your task is to: Read the accompanying file and write a report in APA format based on your findings.
Please respond to the following questions:
1) What issues are you attempting to resolve?
2) It’s your money, your name, and your job on the line, so:
a) Compare and contrast RTLS and RFI. What are the benefits of each?
b) How can this system fail or be sabotaged by the employees?
b) Finally, what would you do if you were in this situation, and why?
3)Note any references in APA format.
4) Approximately 600 words
CASE ONE OF TRA2098 WAREHOUSE OPERATIONS
QUESTIONS RELATED TO “OUR CHALLENGE”
Your task is to create a PowerPoint presentation with no more than 10 slides, then convert it to PDF and upload it.
Assume you are the warehouse’s owner. 1) What are the issues you’re attempting to resolve? 2) It is your money, reputation, and career on the line, so:
a) What are the advantages of using RTLS against RFI? b) How can this system fail or be sabotaged by the employees? b) Finally, if it were your money, what would you do and why?
3) If you include a video link, keep it under 4 minutes.
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GENCO Improves Warehouse Productivity by Creating a Better View Global Logistics & Supply Chain Strategies is a company that specializes in global logistics and supply chain strategies. LINKS TO RESOURCES: Case’s starting point is http://www.supplychainbrain.com/content/nc/research-analysis/supply-chain-innovation-awards/single-article-page/article/genco-creates-a-better-view-for-warehouse-productivity-1/. GENCO Supply Chain Solutions, www.genco.com Supply Chain Brains: http://www.supplychainbrain.com/
**************************************************************************************************** Our Obstacle Inaccuracies are possible when data is manually entered. Operators lose productivity when they have to reach for an RF device to scan or manually enter location and pallet information. We wanted a system that would allow the operator to simply drive merchandise to and from locations, rather than relying on the operators to assign locations.
In addition, the training process took a long time. It took some time to learn all of the features and menu options on the RF gadget. Labor shortages in the business are still a problem, and they will only get worse in the coming years. We needed a solution that would allow us to get a new hire up and running in minutes, not days.
It was also necessary to reduce the number of audits. It is because there is a defect in the process that an operation has implemented an audit process. Our problem was incorrect pallet location identification. We want a solution that addressed the problem’s core cause.
The Operation’s Value The ability to track and verify each and every move from putaway to picking to staging to shipment with 100 percent accuracy is what adds value.
The optical RTLS innovation ensures that the operational procedure is error-free. We’ve got
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Because no human involvement is required, no accuracy errors can arise, and the operator is not required to pick up a radio frequency instrument to scan any bar codes. The removal of the RF device allows for increased productivity.
This system reads bar codes on the goods being handled as well as bar codes in the ceiling for location placement using CCD cameras mounted on material handling equipment. A grid of low-cost 2D ceiling position markers is linked to a facility CAD drawing.
Other RTLS systems on the market can only attain inch precision, however the RTLS system can achieve inch accuracy. Systems capable of tracking assets such as people, trailers, and larger material to within feet or meters may be appropriate for tracking assets such as people, trailers, and larger material, but our business case required us to locate pallets to a specific location in the warehouse; being a foot or two off on location accuracy is unacceptable. To achieve a precise, exact to the inch location with optical RTLS, the optical camera only has to observe one location marker in the ceiling. Data! We have more data than ever before in a warehouse operation, thanks to the optical CCD cameras that record multiple times per second. The information we gain from this data will help us with equipment usage, material handling equipment reduction, real-time visibility of operational progress, and a real-time visual screen of all activity. The location of the forklifts within the physical layout of the operation is depicted in the diagram below.
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The optical camera technology data interfaces with any WMS or ERP solution, allowing the operator to add capabilities like interleaving, routing, and safety alerts that aren’t currently available in the WMS.
Auxiliary product labelling is not required by the system (like an RFID tag). CCD cameras can read both linear and 2D labels already attached to pallets or products.
Pedestrian warning systems, for example, are one of the technology’s safety benefits.
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Anti-collision systems include proximity sensors, warning lights, bells, and other devices. These safety elements provide a level of warehouse security that has never been possible before.
At the point of failure, we can notice a problem. The User Interface panel displays a red backdrop if a warehouse move is improper, alerting the operator that an error has occurred. In the picking process, for example, if an incorrect pallet was picked and staged on the dock prior to loading, it would not be identified until a quality assurance worker audited the shipment before to loading. The issue is identified by a red screen (and audible warning if needed) that appears as soon as the forklift operator tries to choose the pallet from the location with this solution. Both the lift driver’s and the QA team’s labor costs are reduced.
The System’s Components Two optical CCD cameras are fitted on the forklift to read the bar codes for both pallet and location identification; one pointing forward and the other facing upward toward the ceiling. The forward-facing camera scans the pallet bar code, while the upward-facing camera reads the ceiling location labels to give us the building’s x/y coordinates and the direction we’re heading. A long-lasting photo beam pallet detector is put on the forks to keep track of whether or not we have a pallet.
The storage level z coordinate can be obtained using a time of flight laser height sensor. This system can be used with either racked or bulk storage locations.
The x, y, and z data is sent back to the forklift’s embedded XP computer, which uses it to calculate the exact location in the warehouse where the pallet is going in or out. A computer screen with a user interface is attached to show the operator that the pallet move was successful. Interfaces with the on-site WMS are used to track the movements and lead the next job.
The solution is depicted in the figure below.
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How does it work? In terms of operation, the operator can simply pick up the pallet and drive. Without having to do anything further, pick up the pallet from the “From” location and move it to the “To” location. Our goal was to eliminate the operation’s failure points. Previously, the failure points were invalid moves, incomplete transactions, which resulted in lost pallets, and scanning the wrong place – all of which were caused by operator errors.
Impact of the Supply Chain This innovation has the potential to have a wide range of effects on the supply chain. Many companies are attempting to use RF and RFID to accomplish location identification today, but with limited success. We’ve shown that this technology can replace manual data entry in operations and give true automatic identification. While we are using it to track pallets and forklifts, it may also be used in other ways, such as reading bar codes on items as they are loaded or unloaded through a dock door. If desired, the technology can be utilized in conjunction with RFID; RFID-tagged pallets can be read with an RFID reader, while optical CCD cameras can complete the position identification. We have the system fully operational in a 328,000-square-foot warehouse and have accurately moved tens of thousands of pallets.
Collaboration is a critical component of supply chain success in the future. Over the course of 6-8 months, GENCO Supply Chain Solutions and Sky-Trax collaborated to develop the Skan-Free TM solution. The success of this innovation has relied heavily on communication between our teams.
Our collaboration allows GENCO Supply Chain Solutions to handle the operational engineering while Sky-Trax handles the hardware engineering. We’ve had a lot of “What if…” conversations, and it’s this kind of collaboration that’s needed in the supply chain to keep non-productive chores out of the way so facilities can increase production and accuracy.
While the majority of the collaboration has been between two organizations, we would not have been able to advance without the help of our forklift maintenance company and an engineering firm, who both assisted with the hardware wiring.
We were able to effectively install the hardware thanks to collaboration with a variety of vendors; nevertheless, it was the facility coworkers who provided vital input on everything. They are the most important members of the team.
The background and significance of the problem and a clear statement of the research purpose is provided. The search history is mentioned.
Content is well-organized with headings for each slide and bulleted lists to group related material as needed. Use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. to enhance readability and presentation content is excellent. Length requirements of 10 slides/pages or less is met.
More depth/detail for the background and significance is needed, or the research detail is not clear. No search history information is provided.
Review of relevant theoretical literature is evident, but there is little integration of studies into concepts related to problem. Review is partially focused and organized. Supporting and opposing research are included. Summary of information presented is included. Conclusion may not contain a biblical integration.
Content is somewhat organized, but no structure is apparent. The use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. is occasionally detracting to the presentation content. Length requirements may not be met.
The background and/or significance are missing. No search history information is provided.
Review of relevant theoretical literature is evident, but there is no integration of studies into concepts related to problem. Review is partially focused and organized. Supporting and opposing research are not included in the summary of information presented. Conclusion does not contain a biblical integration.
There is no clear or logical organizational structure. No logical sequence is apparent. The use of font, color, graphics, effects etc. is often detracting to the presentation content. Length requirements may not be met
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CASE ONE OF TRA2098 WAREHOUSE OPERATIONS