In conjunction with an automotive OEM client, Evans Distribution Systems executed a major initiative to track all the engines built at one of the automaker’s plants. The client was looking for improvements in inventory control and data-tracking, and turned to Evans to ramp up the project on short notice.
The project requires scans of long number-and-letter combinations on inbound loads of engines – an impossible task to perform manually. Adding to the complexity of the project is that the client is producing two different six-cylinder engines at its plant, effectively doubling the database.
Evans installed a wireless, radio frequency (RF) bar coding system at its main warehouse that could accommodate the client’s needs and more.
When an inbound load of engines rolls onto Evans’ warehouse dock, the engine racks are pulled off the truck. After the data is scanned, the engines are moved into storage until delivery to one of five assembly plants. Evans made modifications to the building and added staff and equipment for the engine project. The docks were reinforced with stronger dock plates and Evans purchased 10,000-pound hi-los to handle the engines.
The new scanning system provides several benefits:
- Decreased labor and improved accuracy
- Increased data-tracking from three items to more than nine, including supplier code, serial number of each engine and storage location
- Vastly improved shipment visibility and inventory control
- Real time information; the current stock balance is immediately reflected on the Internet
While bar coding and RF are not new to the logistics industry, an application taken to this level of detail is unique and keeps with the Evans legacy of providing innovation and simplified systems for its clients.