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

R. Aggarwal, M.K. Lim, K. Tan

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication21st International Conference on Production Research 2011 (ICPR 21)
Subtitle of host publicationinnovation in product and production
EditorsDieter Spath, Rolf Ilg, Tobias Krause
Place of PublicationStuttgart (DE)
PublisherFraunhofer
Pages685-690
Number of pages6
Volume1
ISBN (Print)978-3-8396-0293-5
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2011
Event21st International Conference on Production Research - Stuttgart, Germany
Duration: 31 Jul 20114 Aug 2011

Conference

Conference21st International Conference on Production Research
Abbreviated titleICPR 2011
CountryGermany
CityStuttgart
Period31/07/114/08/11
OtherInnovation in Product and Production

Keywords

  • automation
  • distribution management
  • radio frequency identification
  • returnable transport equipment (RTE)
  • RFID

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    Revisiting the lean agile paradigm: an empirical study in the aerospace industry

    Brierley, I., Tan, K. H. & Lim, M. K., 11 Aug 2011, 21st International Conference on Production Research 2011 (ICPR 21) : innovation in product and production. Spath, D., Ilg, R. & Krause, T. (eds.). Fraunhofer, Vol. 1. p. 535-540 6 p.

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    Aggarwal, R., Lim, M. K., & Tan, K. (2011). A three-level RFID-based automation approach to enhance network competitiveness. In D. Spath, R. Ilg, & T. Krause (Eds.), 21st International Conference on Production Research 2011 (ICPR 21) : innovation in product and production (Vol. 1, pp. 685-690). Fraunhofer.