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Supply Chain Stressors

Surgere Solutions

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The Interius Asset Management module is a cloud-based application hosted on Microsoft’s Azure global platform. The module can be accessed via mobile or tablet device.

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The tool, its design, reports and dashboards were architected by supply chain professionals for supply chain professionals.

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Users bypass the problem investigation phase as it pertains to asset management and move directly to problem resolution through the intuitive where to work design theme. 

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Leading supply chain professionals, pack engineers, and material service experts, staff the Surgere Operations and Program Management teams.

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Part to pack association leveraging a Surgere-certified RFID tag if present on the container or rack. This process allows for the RFID tag to act as a license plate in terms of the contents of the container. The association leverages industry specific tags such as AIAG part label tags to associate the current contents to the RFID tag. This can happen either optically at lineside or the conveyor or through a barcode scan during the pack process.

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On the outbound side, all material loaded on to a trailer is captured, so there is a connection from part, to pack, to trailer.

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The Association module is a complementary asset management solution to the Localization Module.

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RFID tagged assets feed information to one central database when they are taken in and out. See data such as which production employee took the asset, how long they had it, and when it was returned.

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Set time thresholds for tools that need to be calibrated to meet quality standards. Track when maintenance is due well in advance to avoidlast-minute interruptions for upkeep.

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Real-time accurate data shows the worker that last had the tool, making it easier to locate, bill by department, and increase accountability for returning the tool. This reduces costs for replacing

misplaced or lost tools.

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Returnable assets are the primary method of transporting parts throughout modern supply chains. The use of returnable assets:

  • Minimizes damage while in transit

  • Improves lineside consumption as the packs are engineered specifically for the customer

  • Minimizes transportation costs as containers can be strategically stacked and loaded to cube a trailer

  • Reduces corrugated waste and minimize negative environmental impacts

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The determination of required fleet size of returnable assets is one that can create negative consequences if the process or formula to calculate the fleet size is incorrect.

The location of the entirety of the fleet must be managed, and reallocated as demand changes, or new trading partners are introduced.

Chargebacks can be costly if an entity loses another’s asset property.

Unanticipated shipments in cardboard when expecting returnable assets:

 

  • Creates floor space issues

  • Is more difficult to consume lineside and involves more labor

  • Introduces a requirement to dispose of the material and negatively impact the environment

  • Increases transportation spend by limiting the amount of material that can be shipped in a singular trailer, requiring extra trailers to move the same amount of product

  • Impacts quality of parts

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Management of asset inventory is critical to production. Material must be available, and available at the right time from a use and capacity standpoint.

Asset management is broad, encompassing material in the yard and within the plant or factory.

Anyone who has worked in manufacturing or production can relate to a story of a line shutting down due to a part being inaccessible, or a story of actually opening countless trailers door in the yard to locate parts needed to avoid a lineside impact.

An enormous amount of time, energy, and money is spent locating assets that are on premises.

Time spent during the manufacturing process searching for assets and essential equipment needing repair redirects production associates to non-value add activity and reduces profit and efficiency.

 

  • Time and personnel spent tracking assets is expensive.

  • Assets with unscheduled maintenance and certification requirements can halt production lines.

  • The replacement cost for lost or stolen assets can cripple profits.

 

Production costs are a main driver for the manufacturing process; knowing everything possible about assets that enter in and out will reduce time looking for them and money spent on non-value add activities.

Benefits

  • Real-time visibility to the current location of all tagged assets, along with a complete genealogy of the lifecycle of the asset (transactional, damage, repair, etc.)

  • Audit compliance from control of investment standpoint

  • State-of-the-art where to work dashboards customized by user type and role (pack engineer, material service, transportation, etc.)

  • Robust API toolkit for seamless connection to internal systems (ERP, transportation, production demand, pack to part data)

  • Real-time alerts and notification to supply chain sensitivities and potential disruptions.

  • Forensic level chain of custody throughout the supply chain

  • Reallocate labor hours

  • Check asset status instantly

  • Transform asset crib into a self-service entity

  • Track usage for more precise budgeting

  • Forecast spending on lost, stolen, or overused items

  • Access history to discover trends and areas of improvement 

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