RFID based Solution for Yard Management
Yard Management (YM) is a component of ERP Enhanced Warehouse Management and is also available with SCM Extended Warehouse Management (EWM). Yard Management extends the visibility of stock and vehicles beyond the four walls of your warehouse. It provides advanced visibility and planning capability of expected vehicle arrivals and departures as well as visibility of containers accompanied by
status, assigned documents and owner/carrier information.
Yard Management enables the optimization of door and dock utilization and also the management of cross docking door assignments. The reporting capabilities allow alerts to be triggered when action and decision support is required. It also facilitates improved planning and communication with the carriers collecting and delivering to a facility. Efficient equipment yard inventory management requires the ability to automatically track how much inventory is on hand, where and to whom it is being delivered, how long it has been outstanding and how often it is used. Existing manual equipment inventory management methods can sometimes work, but as the volume of equipment or activity increases, the need for automation is paramount to running an efficient and profitable operation.
When the driver begins their shift they log-in to an on-board vehicle mount computer, such as the Motorola VC5090, which will associate them with that vehicle and any action performed by it. At this point, a pick-sheet appears on the driverís screen directing the driver where to go, or alerting the driver of itemís that need to be picked throughout the entire yard on a map which shows the closest items to the driverís location. They then select that pick-item which removes it from every other driverís queue, eliminating the
possibility that two or more drivers are going to pick the same item.
The driver is directed to the itemís location via an on-screen map as well as beeping alerts that let the driver know when they are close to the item. When they reach the item, it is loaded, and the RFID reader verifies that the tag on the item corresponds correctly to what is to be picked. They are then directed to move the unit to a specific geo-fence area. When it is unloaded the GPS reader will verify that it is placed in the area.
RFID providing real-time visibility of all your yard activities, managing yard operations becomes an integral part of your supply chain management practice which enables you to: