The Next Stage in Lean Manufacturing
An area in which real-time locating systems can significantly enhance a manufacture's flexibility is in a manual kanban-based parts replenishment operation – when production workers place cards in a certain location to signal forklift drivers to deliver new materials. With this manual material replenishment process, a plant's ability to maintain a synchronous flow of material can be challenged.
Zebra Enterprise Solutions helps manufacturers address this challenge with Material Flow. Designed to support and automate existing lean manufacturing processes, the Material Flow solution streamlines the entire replenishment process - across multiple facilities or within a single location. Material Flow provides an integrated wireless infrastructure to handle material request signals, enabling every member of your supply chain access to actionable, real-time data from the factory floor to internal and external supply.
As part of Zebra Enterprise Solutions real time locating solutions for enterprise assets, the Material Flow Suite combines barcode, passive & active RFID, and software to optimize operational performance in one material flow management solution. Built on modern open standards, the Material Flow management solution easily integrates with AIDC technologies, and ERP software solutions without the added costs of multiple third party solutions.
Comprised of three core modules, the Material Flow Solution integrates: replenishment, asset workflow and equipment management to help you deploy the proper amount of labor, equipment and other resources at your fingertips.
Material Flow Replenishment
The Material Flow Replenishment module is a comprehensive enterprise execution management solution that streamlines the entire replenishment process, providing manufacturing operations with the ability to centrally manage and control supplier collaboration, internal supply, facility-wide communication, and timeliness.
Material Flow Asset Workflow
The Material Flow Asset Workflow module puts you in control of your assets by providing real-time location-based data that allows you to physically track the location and status of your most important assets.