F26: Automation E-Commerce Tools & Supply Chain Collaboration

  • Room: B313
Wednesday, November 09, 2022: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Successful Automation Via Careful Requirements Gathering
This presentation shows a collaborative effort between Automation Suppliers and Customers. Examples will be used to define the gap that currently exists between Automation Suppliers and their Customers. Tools will be presented as aids and guides for customers to leverage when seeking factory automation. Tool #1, simplified version of QFD (Quality Function Deployment). Basic distinction between Needs, Requirements and Specifications. To maximize the value of automation, it is not enough to simply provide industry specs at the automation suppliers. Tool #2, Acceptance Criteria Matrix used to ensure the most critical requirements and understood and agreed upon by both parties, designed for from the beginning and executed with a plan to ensure on time delivery.
John Rokus, ASQ CSSBB - JR Automation / Hitachi

Supply Chain Excellence: The Business Case for Automation in E-Commerce Fulfillment
Automation, robotics, IOT and AI are some of the hottest topics in supply chain management today. Connected technology is being widely deployed to increase picking speeds, reduce costs, improve accuracy, and provide better insights into consumer behavior. The demand for warehouse space and the lack of warehouse operators is putting increasing pressure on supply chains and this is not going away anytime soon. The question is no longer should I automate but is how should I automate. The speaker will explore some of the key areas of consideration involved before investing in automation your warehouse. Areas covered include ROI, footprint, picking speed, throughput, and integration with robotics and other automation tools.
David K. Lind - Modula Inc.

Lowering Costs and Increasing Revenue with a Modernized Web Presence: eCommerce for the Metals Industry
In this session, we plan to discuss several problems that metals manufacturers have in their buying and selling process, namely the manual processes that many metals manufacturers still use for their buyers and for fulfilling orders. Utilizing an eCommerce platform like BigCommerce, Sunshine Metals (case study here) was able to modernize their buying and selling processes by allowing buyers to place custom cut metal orders online with a self-service buying portal. Originally, this was thought to be impossible, however Redstage built a custom middleware connection between Sunshine Metals' ERP software (BTS-IT) and the BigCommerce instance. This allowed our customers to place their orders digitally, saving time and money. This technology also includes modernizing their back-end processes and automating their fulfillment, further speeding up the buying process and increasing revenue, all while lowering their costs.
Andrew Potkewitz – Redstage

Automation Track Sponsored by:



Andrew Potkewitz
David Lind
Modula Inc.
John Rokus
Convergix Automation


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