We were commissioned to develop an automated trigger system to replace an existing button push application which called parts to the production line.
The system we developed – for a client in the automotive industry – is based on actual part consumption at point of fit as per the bill of materials and vehicle assembly build sequence/vehicle position – as well as other considerations. This enables a ‘smooth’ just-in-time supply of parts to lineside based on analysis of actual future build.
The functionality also includes a Kanban-based system to trigger marketplace replenishment from an offsite warehouse.
The system controls the pick and delivery of parts using Wi-Fi enabled scanners and MRT devices attached to fork lift trucks.
Within the software suite we provide several management reports (including detailed productivity reports) and web-based dashboards which can be viewed on TV screens.
The application interacts with other external applications, including an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) and a dynamic shelf labelling system.