Boeing Smart Rack: Real Time Inventory Management
Live prototype in P-50 Boeing warehouse
Each bin rests on a separate scale
Shelves have integrated sensors that weigh parts in real time to help Boeing warehouses track part inventories more efficiently, accurately, and precisely.  Currently, bins are manually inspected by factory floors workers, which results in lost parts and delayed refill orders that interfere with production.
 
Collaborated with team of engineers, Singapore A*STAR partners, managers, and factory floor workers
 
~ modular scales install on pre-existing factory racks
~ customizable sensor quality & size
~ intuitive digital interface allows client to control configuration
~ interfaces with current Boeing product info via barcode
 
 
Export Approval #KAT100913-NT
Airplanes have lots of parts to keep track of...
Shadowing factory floor customers and regular check-ins allow for quick incorporation of feedback and intuitive product
Prototype Development:
  
Sensor type, accuracy, & cost research
Choosing fasteners & spacers for scale assembly
Low Resolution Concept Generation, 
 
project constraints include:
~ easy-install shelves
~ multiple independent scales per shelf
~ physical separation between all bins
~ adequate weight sensor protection
~ balanced weight distribution alloted to each sensor
~ durable design to withstand factory floor conditions
Sheet Metal Prototypes
 
~ built to explore bending radius, dimension tolerances, material thickness, warping, and sensor behavior before contracting out labor
 
~ includes drawing, design, and in-house machine shop order for shelves and racks
exploded view
assembled view
anodized roadshow model for marketing
Hardware tray links to live digital dashboard and alerts warehouse workers via email and text message
CAD Drawings for Shelf & Tray Assembly
Competitive Advantage:
 
In-house design provides hardware and software specifically tailored to Boeing factory floor needs at lower costs than competitors
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