Preparing Traditional Manufacturing SMEs for Global Competition with Automatic Identification and Data Capture Technologies

Stefan Wiesner, Jukka Hemilä, Marcus Seifert

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    Abstract

    Traditional Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing sector are an important economic factor. Changes in global business are affecting those traditional manufacturing SMEs exceptionally. It is vital for them to be able to offer build-to-order products and to handle an extensive number of different goods with a reliable overview about demand and stock in production and storage, which is often not possible with the existing inventory management system. In this paper, the results of a research activity to determine requirements towards identification technology for supporting the reception of goods and warehousing of traditional manufacturing SMEs are described. The challenges of those SMEs in inventory management, verified by a case study, are discussed and formulated into demands of a suitable Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) system. The analysis of internal business processes provides another set of requirements towards the system. Thus the proposed solution satisfies the needs of a global market as well as the limited resources of a traditional SME.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Logistics, ISL 2008
    Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating the Global Supply Chain
    Place of PublicationUK
    PublisherUniversity of Nottingham
    Pages405-412
    ISBN (Print)978-0-85358-219-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event13th International Symposium on Logistics, ISL 2008 - Bangkok, Thailand
    Duration: 6 Jul 20088 Jul 2008
    Conference number: 13

    Conference

    Conference13th International Symposium on Logistics, ISL 2008
    Abbreviated titleISL 2008
    CountryThailand
    CityBangkok
    Period6/07/088/07/08

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    Keywords

    • manufacturing
    • small- and medium-sized companies
    • ICT
    • global supply chains

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    Wiesner, S., Hemilä, J., & Seifert, M. (2008). Preparing Traditional Manufacturing SMEs for Global Competition with Automatic Identification and Data Capture Technologies. In Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Logistics, ISL 2008: Integrating the Global Supply Chain (pp. 405-412). University of Nottingham. http://www.isl21.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/13thISLProceedings-Bangkok-Thailand.pdf