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Major Foods Manufacturer Automates Supply Chain with M2M Integration

Posted by Gordon Van Huizen on Jun 11, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The enterprise has been automating processes through machine-to-machine (M2M) integrations for decades. It’s not uncommon for a large enterprise to employ several software systems to manage complex processes up and down the supply chain. That’s where M2M integrations come in: to open the lines of communication between devices, machines and software systems for business process optimization.

A leading manufacturer of breakfast cereal brands with multiple manufacturing plants and thousands of employees implemented high-tech solutions to move products efficiently from the shop floor to retailers worldwide. Among those solutions is the automated material handling system that includes unitizers, automated guided vehicles and a seven-level, high-density racking system with a 20,000-palette capacity. The problem? Without M2M integration, the automated flow of materials through these systems was interrupted by manual data entry.

For a truly automated process, this manufacturing giant needed a mobile platform to integrate disparate software systems throughout the supply chain, enabling real-time data capture, communication and visibility. The company chose DSI to implement M2M-enabled processes to eliminate user intervention. Through a DSI app that runs on vehicle-mounted devices as well as handheld wireless units, DSI’s mobile platform sends information, including inventory inquiries and transfers, directly to the back-end system to increase inventory visibility and allow for traceability of finished goods.

How is it done? The company implemented DSI applications leveraging M2M integration to communicate inbound and outbound messages to the high-density racking system and enable complete automation. With simple barcode scans, product is tracked from the unitizer, to the automated guided vehicles, to induction points in the high-density racking system, and onto the staging lanes to be picked up by forklifts—with the ERP updated with real-time transactions along the way.

With DSI’s mobile platform facilitating communication between software systems through M2M integration, the company is able to remove manual data entry from its manufacturing processes, thereby reducing associated delays and errors. DSI’s M2M integration helps make possible an automated, robotic warehouse through real-time, seamless data integration between back-end systems and an interface between the ERP and high-density pallet storage and retrieval system software.

This project’s success serves as just one example of how M2M integration can empower the enterprise with efficiency and process automation across the supply chain. Stay up-to-date with DSI Labs to learn how other companies are using M2M integration today.

Topics: IoT & M2M, m2m

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