Month: November 2020

ERP implementation plan

Logistics ERP implementation plan

ERP Implementation Plan

Implementation – The act of carrying out or executing a plan, decision, process, or method into effect. It’s the action that must follow any thinking on a review or set of recommendations to ensure it happens. Therefore, an implementation plan is the documented steps for successfully completing your implementation activities.

An implementation plan is used as a support device for your strategic plan, an implementation plan maps out how to bring your strategic plan to life. Strategic planning is done on an organizational level, dictating the direction of the company strategy, and allocating resources to make that strategy come to life.

Thus, the implementation plan traces the edges of that, mapping out how to best implement a strategic plan from the outset, and how to effectively manage it as it gets put into place.

Benefits of an ERP implementation Plan

Ensure Clarity – Documentation of the implementation plan gives you better clarity of thought and improves your own understanding of the project. Very easy to communicate the plan to team members, upper management, and get everyone on board.

Stay on Track – The biggest benefit of an implementation plan is that it makes it that much easier for the company to meet its long-term goals. When everyone across all teams knows exactly what you want to accomplish and how to do it, keeping everyone on board, and removing any sort of confusion or doubtfulness. When everyone knows what their roles and responsibilities are, it’s easier to stay on track

Increased Cooperation –  An implementation plan that’s well communicated also helps to increase cooperation across all teams. The better the cooperation amongst team members, the better the synergy and the overall execution.

Increased Buy-In – Additionally, with a solid implementation plan that’s thoroughly researched, documented, and presented, you can ensure buy-in from stakeholders. It’s easier to get resources allocated to your project and ensure smooth project execution When upper management is on board.

How to Make an ERP implementation plan:

There’s no standard plan to fit all solutions when we are creating our implementation plan. but it should meet the needs of our strategic plan. Generally, an implementation plan tends to look like the following.

Research and Discovery – Have a brief introduction, outlining the vision, mission, and purpose of your project or initiative. Collecting information or discussion among stakeholders, key partners, customers, and team members, you can determine the most crucial assignments needed and prioritize them accordingly. Here we should list out all the goals you’re looking to achieve with the strategic plan and the implementation plan. Everything must tie back to that strategic plan for the implementation plan to work.

Mapping out Assumptions and Risks –  It is important to point out the assumptions and risks in your implementation plan. Lay down all the assumptions or limitations of your project. This includes budget constraints, losing personnel, market instability, or even tools that require repair before your implementation can commence.

Tasks and Responsibility –  This is an important area in your implementation plan as here you describe the key tasks and steps involved in the implementation of the strategy. Ensure that all systems are working as per usual, keep track of their teams’ productivity, and more.

Implementation schedule –  An implementation schedule outlines project timeframes and milestones. Schedules keep everyone on track with tasks progress and keep everything on-time and under-budget

Determine Activities – Finalize all the little activities to round out your plan. Start by asking yourself the following questions:
  a)Who needs to be involved in the plan?
  b) What are the stakeholder requirements?
  c)What resources should be allocated?
  d) Are there any milestones we need to list out?
  e) What are the risks involved

Once all activities are outlined, all resources are listed and all stakeholders have approved you can consider your ERP implementation plan complete. A machine learning enabled logistics software will be an added advantage.

Contact us to know more about successful ERP software implementation methods for freight logistics, healthcare, and warehouse monitoring solutions.

Smart logistics

Digital twin in logistics management

The concept and rise of digital twins can create value in logistics. The technology, which involves using digital models to better understand and manage physical assets is already well established in some industries and has the potential to significantly change logistics operations.

Digital Twin in Logistics

Creating digital twins of shipping containers can provide logistics companies new visibility into their asset operations. Digital twin enabled containers continuously record its location, monitor thefts in the form of closing or opening of the container, abnormal deviations in vibrations, slope, position, and sound. Employing  3D photographic technologies helps to identify container conditions or damages such as cracks and dents. As the following step, these data could be combined with historical data on the container’s movement to create a Digital twin that supports the decisions about when this container should be used, repaired, or retired. In the case of cold storage containers, environmental monitoring sensors capture parameters such as temperature, humidity, air pollution that should be kept optimal for goods requiring standard climatic conditions. Furthermore monitoring your whole container fleet using digital twin potentially helps operations managers to make data-driven decisions about fleet sizing and empty repositioning. 

There is a whole lot of equipment and machines employed for each process in the logistics supply chain. It is important that the machine’s applicability and capacity to work have to be checked before it is introduced to a work environment. In case of a malfunction or break of equipment, huge losses can incur in the form of cost and time. Even Though certain companies employ testing and pre-installation trials, it takes a lot of effort and cost in this activity. This can be completely overcome using digital twins by capturing equipment utilization and performance data. Analyzing the data through virtual platforms helps to recognize the potential problems that could occur in machine functioning. Also, decisions based on end-of-life equipment can be easily traced and new ones can be deployed.

Real-Time monitoring of the transportation process allows for defects to be detected earlier and asset downtime to be significantly reduced. Digital replica of a transport unit helps to easily monitor vehicles and identify potential defects without manual inspection. Driver behavior can be analyzed and rated based on various parameters such as overspeeding, sharp acceleration or stopping, off-road driving, driving on a cold or overheated engine, sharp & dangerous maneuvers. Weight monitoring twin allows logistics companies to optimize the transport load. It determines how much weight can be carried in trucks/carriers without posing risks and underperformance. Moreover, the technology is able to simulate the operation of transport assets in various scenarios and environmental conditions.

Monitoring fuel efficiencies of trucks is much important for logistics companies as fuel is a major expense factor within the balance sheets. Moreover, companies specialized in fuel transportation across regions should closely monitor incidents affecting fuel carrying tanks. Digital twin in logistics enabled fuel tracking systems to track fuel theft and contamination, fuel leakage and spills, tank temperature monitoring, fuel reconciliation errors, and alert management in case of abnormalities. Tire thefts during logistics transportation is another major concern faced. Digital twin enabled sensors to alert the concerned whenever there is an attempt to replace the tires and thus eliminate loss of assets and money.

Ripples-FMS warehouse digital twin solutions

Packaging within logistics is important to ensure the safety of goods moving through the supply chain. Digital twin helps logistic companies to invent suitable cost-effective and eco-friendly packaging materials according to goods type. By using digital twins of the materials, companies can model each material’s behaviour underweight capacities, different temperatures, vibrations, and shock loads experienced in transit. Monitoring the thermal insulation and shock-absorbing characteristics of the packaging, companies can experiment with different conditions on the digital model that enable shippers to gain new insights into the conditions of each shipment and thus optimize them.

Contact us for more information on implementation methods and pricing of Digital twin in logistics

Warehouse utilisation & operations


Ripples-FMS Digital twin in warehouse management

Using digital twin technology, virtual layout models of warehouses and facilities can be created that help to improve the ways warehouses are managed. The technology supports the design and layout of new facilities, allowing companies to optimize space utilization. Sensor-based technologies help to simulate the movement of products, personnel, material handling equipment. This can aid the identification and elimination of waste in warehouse operations, from congestion in busy aisles to low productivity or picking errors by personnel

Deploying Digital Twin in Warehouse management

Warehouse digital twin enables monitoring the real-time functions in the warehouse process like loading and unloading, safety inspections, inventory and dispatch across various efficiency parameters. It monitors dock door utilization, duration of goods storage in loading/ sorting areas, presence of staff required for a particular activity and alert on goods not to be kept together. Applying digital twin in inventory management track the items with its zone and location of storage, alerts on the items need to move as together and even provide customer visibility on their goods in storage across various tracking parameters. The simulation models also provide insights including transportation and production lead times, demand per product, condition of storage bins  identify empty spaces that need to be occupied to prevent revenue loss. 

Within a warehouse, timely availability of both personal and equipment is a core deciding factor in measuring the warehouse efficiency. Digital enabled warehouses can inform live site access monitoring – tracing the designated workforce and materials like bins & forklifts stick to the assigned zones. In case there is a breach in assigned areas or entry to controlled areas with restricted access management is alerted over notifications. 

Environmental conditions within a warehouse need to be strictly monitored as any kind of deterioration of warehouse climatic conditions affects the quality of goods stored. Warehouse digital twin software help to mirror the environmental conditions inside a warehouse monitoring parameters like temperature, humidity, pressure and indoor air quality. The same kind of monitoring is especially applicable to cold storage warehouse zones where any kind of climatic deviations can result in spoilage of stuff stored 

Apart from this, the real-time operational data that improves operational team performance is very important. The info helps in various associated processes like deciding on the production schedules, identifying free slots for rental, coordinating the dispatch process with reduced truck wait times etc.

The benefits with digital twins will be improved outcomes and powerful new business models.  

Contact our digital twin logistics experts to discuss how digital twin IOT platform can be effectively applied to your organization.