Smart Bin, an IoT based automated solution that facilitates inventory management for high – tech manufacturing facilities using gateways and multiple IoT Devices. Using this solution the stock levels of a two bin kanban system is monitored and when the stock levels are reduced or depleted, a signal is sent to the cloud and the orders are automatically generated. System sends a notification to the warehouse operator who then ships the parts/stocks.
Inventory maintained in the client warehouse is stored in thousands of Bin’s and The traditional two-bin kanban system had to be manually checked for stock-outs and then replenished. This process was tedious and consumed an enormous amount of time and manpower.
To build an IoT environment through which the stock levels in the Bins can be automatically monitored and replenished. The system should be scalable and able to handle a large number of Bins. The solution should also provide a real-time visibility into inventory levels that shall eliminate the need for counting trips, safety stock, and emergency restocking. The solution needs to ensure that every bin always has enough.
We adopted the agile methodology utilising the ThingSpine platform, customising the platform to interact with Twin bins, ERP and suppliers.
A Smart Bin that could monitor the stock level and hold the informations of the materials stored. Lower section of the Bin is always maintained with stock and the moment the upper storage stock volume is reduced below a volume, Purchase order is created to the respective supplier. Each Bin hold a physical flag that will turn red one the PO is placed and will turn green after the stock is added.