Incoming orders are received from Mopar's parts division via electronic data interchange (EDI) and ship orders are sent via the JCI system to SMART on a regular basis. Most incoming material is barcoded; if barcode labels are not present, JCI produces its own.
The system uses spread-spectrum RF terminals with tethered laser scanners to identify incoming products. After product is received, the system directs the operator to enter the part number and quantity, store the product in an empty storage area, and scan a location barcode to update the system on the product's location.
Ship orders are sent to the SMART Server, at an average of 350 orders per day, typically consisting of one part per order. The RT LOCATOR SMART system determines whether the order is for a finished good item or needs components picked for assembly. Finished goods are delivered directly to a packing station. For assembly items, components are picked in barcoded totes and the totes containing the component parts are sent to an assembly area. Assembled components are placed into the same component picking tote and sent to the packing station.
At the packing station, the shipper scans a tote, and the system displays the tote contents. The packer is directed to place the parts into the default carton size, unless the goods are prepackaged. Then, one of 10 UPS service codes is chosen or an "other" option is selected for alternative carriers.
The RT LOCATOR SMART system then prints out a barcoded shipping label on a Zebra Technologies thermal transfer printer and a packing list on a laser printer. All UPS shipments include a barcode containing the container serial number and UPS service code used for determining shipping charges. The shipping information from the UPS system and the order information are then transferred to SMART for updating the JCI system.