Presentation on theme: "Inventory & Asset Management How Wireless Technology Can Add Values 2005 Wireless & Mobile WorldExpo Victor Chen Bell Canada Enterprise Wireless Solutions."— Presentation transcript:
1 Inventory & Asset Management How Wireless Technology Can Add Values 2005 Wireless & Mobile WorldExpo Victor ChenBell CanadaEnterprise Wireless Solutions
2 Wireless Technologies and Business Applications Data CollectionRFIDInventory ManagementBarcodeEPC StandardMobilityWireless SwitchWireless LANData CommunicationSupply ChainFixed ReadersAsset TrackingActive TagsAccess PortsMobile Devices
3 Bridging Wireless Technologies and Business Applications Handheld Devices, RFID, BarcodeWLAN InfrastructureWWAN NetworkApplication SoftwareAsset ManagementAsset & Location TrackingInventory Management in Supply ChainWireless Data CollectionWireless Data CommunicationData Management and ProcessingApplying Mobility to Business and Operational Process
4 Restrictive “Mobile” Tools Enterprise Asset Management Managing assets that are owned or leased by organizationsProduction AssetsNeeds and ChallengesManage all assets critical to the performance of the organizations.Keep the organization’s assets operate at optimum efficiency.Address budgetary and services issues. Protect significant investment in assets.To be aware of the location, condition, availability and utilization of equipment and capital assets.Improve asset accountability and regulatory requirement (e.g. Sarbanes-Oxley).IT EquipmentRestrictive “Mobile” ToolsFleetFacilities
5 Customer’s Justification for an Effective Enterprise Asset Management Solution Physical AssetsLegal RequirementComply with health and safety requirementsAchieve higher service levels with the same or lower budget and resourcesReduce asset acquisition costsManage costs to budgetImprove efficiency of operationReduce maintenance backlogManaged 3rd parties operating or maintaining assetsComply with regulationsReduce risk of non-complianceRetain knowledge of workforceImprove employee satisfactionImprove customer satisfactionImprove public record/imageCreate a better work placeRevenue EnhancementCost ReductionOutsourcing InitiativeRisk MitigationCompetitive Advantage
6 Wireless Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Solution Mobile PortionEAM PortionApplies enterprise mobility to the EAM process to improve productivity.Keep the organization’s assets and operations at optimum efficiency.Mobile EAM solution provides workers with critical information at the point of activity.Enable faster and accurate distributed assets information to transmitted back to the EAM system.Access PortsWireless SwitchSwitch802.11WLANEAM System ServerEAM Application SoftwareKey ComponentsEnterprise Asset Management or similar function backend softwareRugged Mobile Computers: WLAN enabledWLAN Infrastructure: Access Ports and Wireless Switches ORRFID Infrastructure: Readers and TagsRugged MobileComputers(Barcodeand./or RFID)Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System
7 Case: Managing Mobile Firefight Equipment Customer Type:Forest Fire Suppression AgencyProblemRequired to respond quickly to forest fireEquipment were manually identified, and individually counted and recordedLengthy asset management processTime consuming and error-prongedWasting fire fighting recoursesLost or misplaces mobile equipmentSolutionAn Active Tag RFID solution capable of close to 100% read accuracy.Solution comprises of an Active RFID tag, Mobile and Fixed RFID readers and custom developed software.Benefits to CustomerEnable customer to efficiently track its assets across the provinceProvide a real-time inventory view of all its assets – with single press of a buttonImprove asset tracking and management capabilityImprove resource usage
9 Why assets tracking is needed? Ensure availability of assets critical tooperationsWhere is it Now ?Where is the closest piece of equipment I need ?What was its last location ? History ? Utilization ?How many of each type of equipment are out there and where are they ?Impact on business and operationsProductivity lossIncrease in capital and expenseJeopardizing customer service
10 Asset and Location Tracking Solution Access PortsCombines the wireless networking technology with location information.Leverages standard WLAN access points without the need for RF antennas and receivers.Location capability: up to 1m average accuracy (4 to 6 access point signals)Fast deployment and lower system deployment cost.Wireless SwitchSwitch802.11WLANApplications ServerAsset Tracking and Locating SoftwareKey ComponentsWi-Fi location tracking tag (battery powered active radio tag)Positioning Engine softwareWLAN Infrastructure: Access Ports and Wireless SwitchWi-Fi Tracking Tag
11 Tracking Assets and Patients in Hospital Improve patient care and increase productivity of medical staffMedical Equipment TrackingFind misplaced equipment, increase utilization and reduce new purchasesMonitor utilization and long-term needsReduce theft and accidental lossesPatients TrackingBeing used in a long-term care facility to track over 100 patients.Improve “wanderers” quality of life by reducing lock downs requirement.Receive alarms based on patient movements and profiles.
12 Location Tracking Applications Warehousing and ManufacturingHealthcareTracking portable medical equipmentTracking patients and caregiversLocation-enabling hand-held bar code scannersTracking lift trucks, personnel for improved workflowsIncrease asset and equipment visibilitySecurityAirportsVisitor ManagementPersonnel AssignmentAsset AlarmingVisitor guidancePersonnel trackingTruck/baggage cart trackingLOCATIONDATAVOICEWLAN
14 Supply Chain and Inventory Management Raw MaterialFacilitiesManufacturing PlantsDistribution Centers and WarehousesRetail StoresConsumersInventory Flow in a Supply Chain(Raw materials, work-in-progress and finished inventory)To achieve objectives of SCMSupplying the rightproductsIn the right quantitiesAt the rightmomentAt minimalcost
15 Key Solution Components Business Applications What is Driving RFID today?Key DriversNew TechnologyKey Solution ComponentsTags (or Transponders) :Active vs. PassiveRead Only vs. Read/WriteFrequency (LF, HF, UHF, Microwave)Read RangeData CapacityReadersMiddlewareApplication SoftwareNew StandardsIndustry MandatesNew EconomicsBusiness Applications
16 EPC/RFID Solutions Solutions Description EPC (Electronic Product Code) RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Solutions can help organizations boost productivity, improve customer service, and lower costsSolutionsDescriptionHigh value items and highly regulated items that require data gathered at various points in the production line are excellent targets for RFID tagging. Record safety test data at each step in the process, automatically.Manufacturing -Work-In-Process TrackingTagging items at the case and pallet level with RFID tags. Readers placed at warehouse dock doors record the items loaded and unloaded from trucks; backend system verifies contents against PO and ASN.Warehousing -Automated Shipping & ReceivingRetail -Item-Level Shelf MonitoringTagging at the item-level, along with ‘smart shelves’ – units with RFID readers built in, provide immediate feedback for replenishment, in addition to notification of misplaced items.
17 Application of RFID in Inventory Management EPC Class 1 LabelPackagedProductEncode/Apply PrinterManufacturing(Crate/Box Level)EPC RFID Portal and EPC RFID tagsWarehouses andDistribution Center(Pallet Level)ShelvesRetail Outlet(Unit Level)ExpressVu boxes withEPC Class 1 LabelsAntennas
18 Why are Organizations Looking at EPC/RFID? ComponentLevers ImpactedVariables BenefitsInventoryInventory days on handSafety stockTransit inventoryRecurring inventory carrying costsPromotion managementVisibility of real time infoDecrease in supply chain volatilityLead time reductionImproved supply chain throughputShrinkError related shrinkInternal/external theftBetter tracking and tracing of high value itemsAccess to real time info flowReduced human errorLabourLabour productivitySupply chain throughputMore time to complete manual processesImproved validation and audit processesAssetsUtilization of assetsDepreciation of charge on distribution ownedTotal distribution of asset baseBrand managementIncreased throughputBetter tracking and tracing of assetsFewer assets requiredTransportFreight costsReverse logistics costsAccess to outbound load density through better information, planning and improved throughputThere are many benefits companies today can receive from the deployment of RFID solutions.InventoryLevers ImpactedInventory days on handSafety stockTransit inventory including yard inventoryRecurring inventory carrying costsPromotion managementVariables BenefitsVisibility of real time informationVolatility in supply chainLead time reductionSupply chain throughput (increased cross dock).ShrinkError related shrinkInternal/external theftTracking and tracing high value itemsReal time information flowReduced human errorLabourLabour productivitySupply chain throughputTime to complete manual processes (receive, sort, put-away, pick, ship)Validation and audit processesAssetsUtilization of assetsDepreciation of charge on distribution ownedTotal distribution of asset baseDetention penalties on 3rd party assetsBrand managementIncreased throughputTracking and tracing assetsFewer assets required – lower asset base and depreciation chargeTransportationFreight costsReverse logistics costsOutbound load density through better information, planning and improved throughput (cross dock).
19 The Power of Wireless Technologies Data Collection &CommunicationTechnologiesApplicationsSoftwareBusinessApplicationsMajorCustomer BenefitsIncrease asset management efficiencyAsset ManagementEnhance assets tracking capabilityRFIDEnterprise Asset Management SoftwareWarehouse Management Systems SoftwareTodeliverIncrease Supply Chain Management efficiencyCombiningwithTosupportAsset & Location TrackingBarcodeIncrease workers’ productivityWLANWWANInventory Management in Supply ChainIncrease data recording accuracyIncrease inventory control efficiencyApplying Mobility to Business and Operational ProcessReduce inventory cost