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New System for Logistics Data Gathering and Expanding Current Operations
RBC East Midlands are a remanufacturing, warehousing and logistics company, providing full lifecycle asset management to a number of customers. Remanufacturing focusses on vending machines, chillers, coffee/espresso machines extending the life of high value items, while our logistics fleet provide specialised services which include “stair-walking” heavy goods, and specialist installation of items.
Our Current Software Systems
RBC East Midlands have developed a bespoke ERP solution which encompasses and integrates a Warehouse Management and Asset Tracking System, Remanufacturing Shop Floor Data Capture/Management and Logistics job planning and tracking, combined with a powerful report engine which produces in excess of automated 200 data reports per day for both customers and management information purposes.
We are developing a new system for logistics data gathering and expanding current operations to other recently acquired depots.
There are several aspects to the project:
- Driver handheld PDA hardware and software.
- Additional hardware to support new depots
- Development Software
Driver Handheld PDA hardware
RBC East Midlands operate approximately 35 vehicles from 5 different depots. The project will unify the platform that each logistics team operate, to provide real-time consignment and asset tracking information to our customer service centres.
Following evaluation of a variety of possible hardware solutions, we have identified the Zebra TC75x on an Android OS as the unit that will best meet our needs, and provide a supported platform for the foreseeable future.
We require 40 x Zebra TC75x units, along with suitable charging infrastructure for in-vehicle use. (E.g. CBL-TC7X-USB1-01 Snap-on USB charge-cable.)
Driver Handheld PDA software
The software to run on the Zebra TC75x units should be an Android ‘App’ which will link to our existing ERP solution. Once developed, the App source should be passed to RBC development teams for ongoing maintenance and evolutionary changes.
The software required for the PDA units is required to show drivers what items need loading at the start of the run, and scan each item as it is put on to the vehicle. An itinerary of jobs for the day should be displayed. For each job the driver attends, it should list the items to be delivered and any items for collection, along with any delivery notes, and other important information. Capture a photograph and serial number scan of items being installed, and uplifted, complete a checklist, obtain a customer satisfaction score, and a Proof of Delivery signature. Comments may also be left on each job, and photographs taken which are to be associated with the job. At the end of the run, the system should list the items on board, and require a scan as they are unloaded. Also, the PDA should capture a GPS location point at least every 60 seconds.
All of the captured data should be communicated back to a central database as soon as possible.
Additional Hardware for new Depots
As part of the asset tracking processes, each item received into an RBC warehouse is logged and labelled. The labels contain unique asset barcodes enabling a precise location of each item to be registered.
In order to roll out functionality to new depots, we require 2 x Datamax M4206 (KD2-00-46000Y07) label printers for creation of labels. And 3 x Nordic ID RF601 (HTC00003) RF scanners for tracking/receipt/dispatch.
In order to facilitate in house software development of both existing core system and new PDA software, the following development tools are required
1 x MSDN Visual Studio Enterprise
1 x Sysdev Kalipso Pro Edition