U.S. Tsubaki Targets Warehouse Management

Manufacturer implementing QAD solution in bid to achieve greater flexibility in warehouse, stock management

Manufacturer implementing QAD solution in bid to achieve greater flexibility in warehouse, stock management

Carpinteria, CA  October 13, 2003  Manufacturer U.S. Tsubaki is set to implement an inventory management solution from QAD as part of an initiative to achieve greater flexibility in warehouse and stock management.

A subsidiary of Tsubakimoto Chain, a top chain and power transmission component manufacturer, Wheeling, Ill.-based U.S. Tsubaki operates four business units, including Roller Chain, Engineering Chain, Sprockets and Automotive divisions.

The company previously had deployed QAD's MFG/PRO and Supply Visualization solutions in its North American locations to manage all aspects of manufacturing and to help synchronize supply with customer demand. Now the manufacturer will use QAD's Advanced Inventory Management (AIM) solution to help optimize warehouse operations at its four distribution centers in North America.

QAD says that AIM provides real-time management of warehouse operations, helping extend traditional inventory management capabilities and increase supply chain responsiveness. AIM can help companies control inventory management processes in more sophisticated ways, utilizing technologies such as barcode scanners and radio frequency (RF) systems and leveraging user-definable put-away and picking algorithms, according to the solution provider.

The benefits, QAD says, can include automating and streamlining all aspects of warehousing, including inventory control, replenishment, put-away and picking logic, and labor management. User-defined rules can help ensure inventory stock movement and related processes are configured to minimize time to distribute and replenish goods so that inventory can be allocated for prioritized shipping, and total inventory holdings can be minimized to reduce cost of operations.

"Advanced Inventory Management will help U.S. Tsubaki build on 10 years of success using QAD solutions to manage our manufacturing operations," said Robert Engelmann, general manager information systems for the manufacturer. "Deployed in conjunction with our RF system, we expect AIM will interoperate seamlessly with our MFG/PRO deployment, effectively eliminating a layer of hardware, software and labor dedicated to warehousing, for more efficient operations."

QAD Global Services will assist U.S. Tsubaki in determining warehousing processes and physical aspects of stock management that can be streamlined for greater efficiency, according to the solution provider. Warehousing options the company will consider include cross-docking to eliminate hold time and simply move goods to the service center where they will be needed.

In addition, by collecting inventory movement data in real time from RF systems, U.S. Tsubaki expects to achieve greater inventory accuracy and reduce the need for periodic manual inventory counts.

The manufacturer expects to fully deploy AIM by November 2003.