Real Time Business Process Management with the Help of a Smart Distribution Process Control

Paper #:
  • 970085

Published:
  • 1997-02-24
Citation:
Daneshgari, P. and Wilson, M., "Real Time Business Process Management with the Help of a Smart Distribution Process Control," SAE Technical Paper 970085, 1997, https://doi.org/10.4271/970085.
Pages:
9
Abstract:
Real time information is the key to the success of any profitable business. A smart software package has been developed, to utilize Distribution Process Control (DPC-Link) to manage all activities of the distribution sequence. In much the same way that a manufacturing process is controlled, each element of the distribution process is evaluated using real time information, which allows pre-defined logic to be applied establishing the sequence and timing of the next activity. The control process is integrated with the work being performed, therefore yielding increased productivity and quality. DPC handles the following major functional areas: Automatic Shipping Notification (ASN), receiving, location management, product putaway, order management, picking, inventory control, and shipping. A movable unit concept is used to track inventory to individual containers or pallets to system defined locations.Transaction history can be maintained for all inventory movements, quantity changes, production lot numbers, and individual component serial numbers. It is paperless, bar code driven, designed around radio frequency technology, and compatible with existing systems and equipment. DPC assures quality of distribution and provides immediate information at any step of the process to support customer service. Front line personnel can view all information about the fulfillment process as it is performed. This paper will describe the usage of this software in real application examples, and will show its future applications in the area of product and process development.
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