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System and Method for Inventory Analytics Enhanced Work Execution Routing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240923D
Publication Date: 2015-Mar-12
Document File: 3 page(s) / 58K

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Abstract

This invention provides an inventory analytics based route optimization. The route optimization engine will determine which resources from inventory (materials and tools) are required at each point on the route and will determine the most efficient way to collect and return them in such a way that minimizes extra driving/walking and maximizes availability of those resources to everyone else.

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System and Method for Inventory Analytics Enhanced Work Execution Routing Background :

Maintenance workers will be assigned work to do at many locations within a geographic region. Travel time and scheduled start dates are used to optimize the most efficient way of getting all of the work done in a day.

Work Orders often require materials and tools to perform the work. A particular material required on a particular work order might be

stored in different storerooms throughout a geographic region. Each of these storerooms may contain different levels of stock for any of

these materials.

  Today, it is common for a maintenance worker to go to the nearest storeroom at the beginning of the day to collect all of the materials and tools he will need for all of the work he is required to perform that day.

There are a number of problems in this situation:
• Not all of the materials and tools required will be close by, requiring extra time to go collect them - all of this happening while real 'work' is waiting to be done.

• Collecting everything at the beginning of the day requires the maintenance worker to carry everything with him for the whole day. This increases fuel consumption of the vehicle he is driving in because of the added weight and physical fatigue on the maintenance worker who has to literally carry everything with him all day long (the cumbersome factor).

• Negatively impacting availability of tools for other maintenance workers. The arc welder is only needed from 1pm-2pm, but the worker has taken it with him the whole day leaving any other workers waiting for him to return it.

• Availability of materials and tools can fluctuate throughout the day. A tool will become available later today, but right now if you had to get a particular tool, you might have to go way out of your way, but the system would know that it will be easily obtainable later in the day. Present Art Drawbacks:

  The basic concept of Route Optimization is not novel, but it is limited in the variables it considers. This invention focuses on incorporating the concept of dynamic resource availability when optimizing a route of work that needs to be done.

  The existing route optimization engines do not currently take into consideration the ever changing availability of resources and their locations.

  Work Orders often require materials and tools to perform the work. We know where and when the work needs to be done and we can optimize the route accordingly, but the required resources must also be taken into account.

  What is needed is an solution that will consider the availability and location of the required resources with respect to the scheduled work orders.

Summary:

This invention provides an inventory analytics based route optimization. The route optimization engine will determine which resources from inventory (materials and tools) are required at each point on the route and will determine the most efficient way to collect and return them in such a way...