MTU Maintenance Canada - Business Consulting Project
|Project Client:||MTU Maintenance Canada
|Project Description:||Providing Real Time Visibility in the Supply Chain|
|Students:||Mandeep Khtaria, Douglas Frith, and Jace Anderson
|BCIT Program:||Business Operations Management
RFID is a system where tags are placed on assets, which transmit the location of those assets at any given time along with information about the environment it is in. The GPS is known for its navigational capabilities but it can also be used to track a fleet of vehicles. This information enables a company to increase productivity and make more intelligent strategic decisions.
The purpose of the study was to research these two systems to determine if they could be integrated into one fully operational system and if it was economically viable to do so.
RFID and GPS technology have independently proven to be economically viable systems. Through working with Guard RFID, a vendor of RFID systems, and Applocation Systems, a software provider and vendor of GPS integration, the development of the integrated system was initiated. According to Applocation the system will be fully integrated and functional within the next few months. The study also revealed that the system would be most beneficial to third party logistics providers (3PLs) and vertically integrated organizations due to the design of the integrated system. Benefits to a user of the integrated system would include:
- Complete visibility of assets whether in a facility or in transit
- Accurate calculations of inventory levels and determination of a precise location
- Reduction of theft and pilferage with automatic verification
- Monitoring critical limits of sensitive assets that are in transit.