THE CHALLENGE Automate inventory tracking to improve accuracy and efficiency Freightliner-Western Star Trucks is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer inNorth America. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with truck manufacturing facilities located in Portland and throughout the United States, Freightliner designs, builds and markets the best-selling brand of medium, heavy-duty diesel and specialized chassis trucks on the continent, including long-haul highway tractors, heavy-duty construction and utility trucks, mid-range trucks for distribution and service, emergency service apparatus and recreational haulers. The company’s eight North American parts distribution centers manage an inventory of more than 150,000 unique part numbers.
THE SOLUTION Automate parts tracking in and out of the warehouseOnce the study had defined Freightliner’s process requirements, the business case for an RFID solution was easily established and solution development began. Compsee and System Concepts recommended an automated RFID solution utilizing Motorola advanced RFID hardware solutions incorporating Motorola fixed RFID readers and the industrial antennas at each portal.
THE BENEFITS Fleischer and the Freightliner executive team affirm that the key to success in their RFID deployment was the initial development of the business case for Supply Chain Management (SCM) material visibility. Especially when combined with an architecture selection that could be readily integrated into the existing enterprise database, the business case clearly justified an investment in their RFID-based inventory control system.