OPTIMIZING WAREHOUSE OPERATIONS USING SMART FACTORY TECHNOLOGY
Stanley Engineered Fastening management tasked the Tauber team with increasing distribution center efficiency using Industry 4.0 technology, automation and real-time data.
The Tauber team designed a solution that would automate the scanning verification process, resulting in a 45% reduction in cycle time and developed three dashboards to help supervisors track the status of orders throughout the distribution center. The team undertook three additional Smart Factory projects: improving the picking process through wearable scanners and voice technology, evaluating solutions for an automated line for weighpacked product and implementing new RF scanners. The team also conducted an inventory analysis and recommended Kanban and a reorganization design that will help manage inventory levels, reduce out-of-stocks, and improve communication with the manufacturing plant.
Read the 2017 Stanley Black & Decker Team Project Executive Summary in the 2017 SPOTLIGHT! book.
Noe Anzaldua–Master of Supply Chain Management
Mindy Yahr Jaffe–Master of Business Administration
Nam Viraporn–MSE Industrial and Operations Engineering
Mark Cornish–VP of Operations, North American Automotive
Jeff Brower– Director of Logistics, North American Automotive
James Hitchcock–Distribution Center Manager
Nate Dietrich–Manufacturing Engineer, Smart Factory Lead
Dennis Blumenfeld–College of Engineering
Peter Lenk–Ross School of Business
About Tauber Team Projects:
The 2017 Tauber Team Projects resulted in $575 million in savings according to sponsoring company calculations, an average of $18.5 million per project over 3 years.