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Kitting System to Maintain a Constant Flow of Products

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040056D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Caraballo, JF: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

A technique is described whereby a kit dispersal system (KDS) is used in conjunction with a bar code laser scanner to maintain a constant flow of products in a manufacturing environment. The KDS maintains a count of assembly kits in each of four assembly queues, over a single feed conveyor, and a count of kits in transit to the queues. Each queue is assigned a maximum kit count based on the quantity of kits that will fit in a queue. The primary objective of the technique is to prevent the backup of assembly queues occurring at the main conveyor. The KDS consists of five IBM PC XT's and a PC AT tie together in a network using the IBM Cluster Adapter. The PC AT is used to maintain a central database for manufacturing orders and to act as a master controller for the KDS.

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Kitting System to Maintain a Constant Flow of Products

A technique is described whereby a kit dispersal system (KDS) is used in conjunction with a bar code laser scanner to maintain a constant flow of products in a manufacturing environment. The KDS maintains a count of assembly kits in each of four assembly queues, over a single feed conveyor, and a count of kits in transit to the queues. Each queue is assigned a maximum kit count based on the quantity of kits that will fit in a queue. The primary objective of the technique is to prevent the backup of assembly queues occurring at the main conveyor. The KDS consists of five IBM PC XT's and a PC AT tie together in a network using the IBM Cluster Adapter. The PC AT is used to maintain a central database for manufacturing orders and to act as a master controller for the KDS. Each of four kitting stations is assigned to feed an assembly queue. When a kit is ready for release from a kitting station, the kit passes in front of a bar code laser scanner. The bar coded serial number and machine type is read and transmitted to the kitting database controller which adds the queue count and in-transit count for the proper assembly queue and compares the result to the maximum kit count for that queue. If space is available in the queue, the kit is released; if not, it is held until a kit is removed from the queue into an assembly station, thereby leaving room for an additional kit. Each time an update to the queue count is re...