A three-level RFID-based automation approach to enhance network competitiveness

Aggarwal, R.; Lim, M.K. and Tan, K. (2011). A three-level RFID-based automation approach to enhance network competitiveness. IN: 21st International Conference on Production Research 2011 (ICPR 21). Spath, Dieter; Ilg, Rolf and Krause, Tobias (eds) Stuttgart (DE): Fraunhofer.

Abstract

Today, the question of how to successfully reduce supply chain costs whilst increasing customer satisfaction continues to be the focus of many firms. It is noted in the literature that supply chain automation can increase flexibility whilst reducing inefficiencies. However, in the dynamic and process driven environment of distribution, there is the absence of a cohesive automation approach to guide companies in improving network competitiveness. This paper aims to address the gap in the literature by developing a three-level framework automation application approach with the assistance of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology and returnable transport equipment (RTE). The first level considers the automation of data retrieval and highlights the benefits of RFID. The second level consists of automating distribution processes such as unloading and assembling orders. As the labour is reduced with the introduction of RFID enabled robots, the balance between automation and labour is discussed. Finally, the third level is an analysis of the decision-making process at network points and the application of cognitive automation to objects. A distribution network scenario is formed and used to illustrate network reconfiguration at each level. The research pinpoints that RFID enabled RTE offers a viable tool to assist supply chain automation. Further research is proposed in particular, the area of cognitive automation to aide with decision-making.

Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering systems & management
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Event Title: 21st International Conference on Production Research
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2011-07-31 - 2011-08-04
Uncontrolled Keywords: automation,distribution management,radio frequency identification,returnable transport equipment (RTE),RFID,Control and Systems Engineering,Computer Science Applications,Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Published Date: 2011-08-11

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